Party ’Round the Globe
- Wednesday, May 30, 14:45 Naxoshalle Kino
Chikyu wa omatsurisawagi
- Japan 2017, Blu-ray, 116 min, Japanese with English subtitles
- Director & script: Hirobumi WATANABE
- Production: Foolish Piggies Films
- Camera: Woohyun BANG
- World sales: ARTicle Films
- Cast: Gaku IMAMURA, Hirobumi WATANABE, Katsumi INO, Ryoko INO, Akemi WATANABE
- German premiere
- Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award
Hikaru leads a lonely life in the countryside. When his colleague Takafumi asks him to join him for Paul McCartney’s concert in Tokyo, the two embark on a road trip and soon form an unusual bond. NIPPON VISIONS JURY AWARD 2017 winner Hirobumi WATANABE, using his trademarks of well-framed cinematography and a tonal mixture of melancholy and humor, brings us a heartwarming slice-of-life story.
Hirobumi WATANABE was born in Tochigi Prefecture in 1982. After graduating from the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, he founded his own production company with his brother, film composer Yuji. Since directing his first feature film, AND THE MUD SHIP SAILS AWAY (2013), he has been a regular at the Nippon Connection Film Festival. In 2017 he won the NIPPON VISIONS JURY AWARD for his film POOLSIDEMAN.
2013 And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Soshite dorobune wa yuku / NC ’14); 2015 7 Days (Nanoka); 2016 Poolsideman (NC ’17)
- Supporting film: DEAR
- by Kohei IGARASHI, J 2018, 10 min, no dialog