Japanese

Other Screenings


Special Invitation Films

[Venues] Yamagata Central Public Hall 6F, and more

Regrettably, several filmmakers connected to YIDFF whose films made pivotal contributions to film culture have recently passed away: Nelson Pereira dos Santos, a director who headed the jury at YIDFF ’99 and was known as the conscience of Brazil’s Cinema Novo; Tamura Masaki, renowned cinematographer, a member of the YIDFF ’95 New Asian Currents jury, and who was involved with Ogawa Productions since the Sanrizuka era; Marceline Loridan, partner of the late Joris Ivens and who came to Yamagata for YIDFF ’89 and ’99; Barbara Hammer, pioneer director of lesbian and feminist films, and chair of the YIDFF ’95 jury; and Peng Xiaolian, a director who brought an unfinished documentary of Ogawa Shinsuke’s to completion. Their films will be screened in homage to their legacies. There will also be a closing screening of Angela’s Diaries—Two Filmmakers, the final collaboration of longtime co-directors Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi.

A Japanese Village—Furuyashikimura  Dir: Ogawa Shinsuke / JAPAN / 1982 / 210 min
Manzan Benigaki  Dir: Ogawa Shinsuke, Peng Xiaolian / JAPAN / 2001 / 90 min
Sanctus  Dir: Barbara Hammer / USA / 1990 / 19 min
Nitrate Kisses  Dir: Barbara Hammer / USA / 1992 / 67 min
and more


YIDFF Network Special Screenings

October 11–14   [Venues] Yamagata Manabikan, Yamagata Museum of Art 2

The YIDFF Network is a volunteer group that was brought together for the inaugural YIDFF in 1989, as an initiative of Ogawa Shinsuke. Since that time, the group has continued to be active on a wide range of levels. YIDFF Network Special Screenings are organized for each Festival, with the intention of presenting films from the volunteers’ original perspectives.

Children Before the Dawn  Dir: Yanagisawa Hisao / 1969 / 120 min
And Life Goes On  Dir: Kobayashi Shigeru / 2004 / 107 min
Army Maebashi Airfield  Dir: Iizuka Toshio / 2018 / 69 min
Gocha Maze Koze  Dir: Mukan no TO / 2019 / 153 min


Finnish Saunas and Film

October 12–15   [Venues] Square in front of Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (sauna), Solaris 1 (films)

The Finnish sauna, a space for communication with parallels to Japanese bathhouse and hot spring culture. This year in Yamagata—itself a land of hot springs—you can watch documentaries about Finnish saunas, and try one out too!

Steam of Life  Dir: Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen / 2010 / 81 min
Entrepreneur  Dir: Virpi Suutari / 2018 / 77 min