Fukushima, mon Amour
Saturday Apr 08 03:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Part of Berlin & Beyond Honolulu 2017
Directed by Doris Dörrie. Starring Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Moshe Cohen, Nami Kamata. Germany (Filmed in Japan). 2016. 106 min. English, German and Japanese with English subtitles.
Winner of three awards, including the Audience Award Runner-up at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
This feature is filmed in black and white like the movie to which it alludes—Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima, mon amour—but Doris Dörrie handles her sober subject with a quirky tone and a real understanding of Japanese culture (this isn’t her first film set in Japan). Frustrated with her life in Germany, Marie goes to Fukushima as part of the organization Clowns4Help, hoping to bring a little joy to survivors of the area’s 2011 nuclear disaster, some still living in emergency shelters. Marie realizes that she is absolutely unsuited to the task of making tragedy less wearisome. Instead of running away, she decides to stay with cantankerous old Satomi, the last geisha of Fukushima, who has decided to retreat back to her ruined house in the formerly radioactive Exclusion Zone. The two women couldn't be more different, but are both trapped in the past and must learn to liberate themselves from guilt and the burden of memory. Shot entirely in Japan, the film is a poetic, universal tale about life and letting go from acclaimed writer-director Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms, Enlightenment Guaranteed, Men). Winner of the Audience Award Runner-up at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
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