- Friday, June 1, 12:30 Naxoshalle Kino
- Japan / USA 2018, DCP, 122 min, Japanese with English subtitles
- Director & camera: Kazuhiro SODA
- Production: Laboratory X
- World sales: ROCK SALT RELEASING
Ushimado is a small, tight-knit village in Japan slowly dying out. 86-year-old Murata takes his boat out every day and dreams of peace. Kumi-san, an 84-year-old woman, walks the beach every day and tells stories about her disabled son. Koso-san keeps up her deceased husband’s fish business, giving the leftovers to the village cats who seem to truly rule the island. This “observational documentary,” the seventh by Kazuhiro SODA, is a touching and poetic depiction of a village in its twilight days.
Kazuhiro SODA was born in Tochigi Prefecture in 1970 and studied at Tokyo University as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he now lives. His first documentary feature, CAMPAIGN (2007), was shown at various international festivals, including the Berlinale, and ever since then his later films have regularly premiered at festivals around the world.
2007 Campaign (Senkyo); 2008 Mental (Seishin / NC ’09); 2010 Peace; 2012 Theatre 1 & 2 (Engeki 1 & 2); 2013 Campaign 2 (Senkyo 2); 2015 The Oyster Factory (Kaki koba / NC ’16); 2018 The Big House