2005-06-02 | The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library Friday Theater (June–July)

On the second and fourth Fridays of each month the YIDFF Organizing Committee holds screenings of films which are not shown at commercial theaters, such as documentary films including the Film Library Collection films, pre-war Japanese films, masterpieces, independent works, experimental films, and animation at the 40-seat theater. Tomonokai (support) members can join the Friday Theater for free (membership fee is 1,000 yen for six months). Anyone is welcome to join the Tomonokai.

The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library Friday Theater

June 10 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
Children Before the Dawn (“Yoake maeno kodomotachi”)
Dir: Yanagisawa Hisao / 1968 / 120 min

June 24 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
Watashi no kisetsu
Dir: Kobayashi Shigeru / 2004 / 107 min

July’s Friday Theater presents the following documentary works by director Kuroki Kazuo, to honor The Face of Jizo (“Chichi to kuraseba”) screening and his visit to Yamagata.

Kuroki Kazuo Program #1
July 8 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (program screens twice)
Record of a Marathon Runner (“Aru marason ranna no kiroku”)
JAPAN / 1964 / Japanese / 63 min

Kimihara Kenji, a hopeful in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Covers a six-monthperiod as Kimihara pulls himself from a slump caused by a knee injury. Memorable film with introspective images showing the young Kimihara’s breathing, pounding footsteps, and extended takes of his expression as he continues to run.

The Solar Thread (“Taiyo no ito”)
JAPAN / 1963 / Japanese / 29 min

Presentation of polymer chemistry-based synthetic fiber, and the manufacturing facilities and production process used by Toray, Japan’s leading textile maker. Also depicts the textiles being sold throughout Europe and the US. PR film with versions in many languages, aimed for East Asia, Russia, Spain, etc.

Kuroki Kazuo Program #2
July 22 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
A Cuban Lover (“Kyuba no koibito”)
JAPAN, CUBA / 1969 / Japanese, Spanish / 101 min

Akira is a Japanese youth who has arrived in Havana,a holy ground for revolutions. There he meets Marcia, who works at a local tobacco factory.Splendid layering of documentary images, and local Cuban music with a scoreby composer Matsumura Teizo. Produced in collaboration with the CubanInstitute of Film Art and Industry, and shown throughout Japan at independent screenings.

[Venue] The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library (Yamagata Big Wing 3F)
[Admission] Free for Tomonokai members. (Membership fee: 1,000 yen for six months)
[Contact] phone: 023-666-4480 (YIDFF Yamagata office)