Mori, the Artist's Habitat
- Tuesday, May 29, 19:30 Mousonturm Saal
- Wednesday, May 30, 20:00 Mal Seh’n Kino
Mori no iru basho
- Japan 2018, DCP, 99 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
- Director & script: Shuichi OKITA
- Production: MORI, THE ARTIST’S HABITAT Film Partners
- Camera: Yuta TSUKINAGA
- World sales: Nikkatsu
- Cast: Tsutomu YAMAZAKI, Kirin KIKI, Ryo KASE, Kaito YOSHIMURA, Ken MITSUISHI
- German premiere in the presence of the director
- Competition Nippon Cinema Award
Which leg does an ant use to start walking? Painter Morikazu KUMAGAI (1880–1977) could ponder over such questions for hours. An eccentric personality who seems perfect for a filmic portrait. However, Shuichi OKITA doesn’t go for a run-of-the-mill biopic in his latest work, but presents a day in the life of an artist as an ironic comedy, spiced with a dash of slapstick.
Shuichi OKITA was born in Aichi Prefecture in 1977 and studied at Nihon University College of Art. He made his directorial debut with WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD in 2006. His comedy THE WOODSMAN AND THE RAIN (2011) won the Jury Prize at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival, as well as the NIPPON CINEMA AWARD at the 2012 NIPPON CONNECTION Film Festival.
2006 What a Wonderful World (Kono subarashiki sekai); 2009 The Chef of South Polar (Nankyoku ryorinin / NC ’10); 2012 The Woodsman and the Rain (Kitsutsuki to ame / NC ’12); 2013 A Story of Yonosuke (Yokomichi Yonosuke / NC ’13); The Mohican Comes Home (Mohikan kokyo ni kaeru / NC ’16)