- Friday, June 1, 21:45 Mousonturm Saal
- Japan 2017, DCP, 169 min, Japanese with English subtitles
- Director: Nobuhiko OBAYASHI
- Script: Nobuhiko OBAYASHI, Chiho KATSURA based on a novel by Kazuo DAN
- Production: PSC
- Camera: Hisaki SANBONGI
- World sales: Free Stone Productions
- Cast: Shunsuke KUBOZUKA, Honoka YAHAGI, Takako TOKIWA
- German premiere with a video message from the director
- Competition Nippon Cinema Award
In 1941, 17-year-old Toshihiko returns from Amsterdam to Japan to live with his aunt and sick cousin. He and his new friends celebrate their youth as, in the face of impending war, they know it could end anytime. Veteran director Nobuhiko OBAYASHI fulfills one of his lifelong dreams in adapting Kazuo DAN’s novel from 1937 into a mesmerizing visual feast whose hyper-stylized artificiality is all the more haunting.
Nobuhiko OBAYASHI was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1938. He directed several experimental shorts throughout the sixties before making his feature film debut in 1977 with the cult horror movie HOUSE. SADA won him the FIPRESCI Prize in 1998 in Berlin. After CASTING BLOSSOMS TO THE SKY (2012) and SEVEN WEEKS (2014), HANAGATAMI concludes his wartime trilogy. In addition to his cinematic oeuvre, he has also made several commercials.
1977 House (Hausu); 1982 I Are You, You Am Me (Tenkosei); 1983 The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (Toki o kakeru shojo); 1985 Lonely Heart (Sabishinbo); 1998 Sada; 2012 Casting Blossoms to the Sky (Kono sora no hana: Nagaoka hanabi monogatari / NC ’12); 2014 Seven Weeks (No no nanananoka / NC ’15)