2005-07-30 | The YAMAGATA Documentary Film Library Friday Theater (August–September)

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

Not long until YIDFF! Selection from festival #1
August 12 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
Mysterious Object at Noon
Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul / THAILAND / 2000 / Thai / B&W / 35mm / 83 min / YIDFF 2001 Runner-Up Prize, NETPAC Special Mention

The director journeys through the villages of Thailand, and asks the people he meets to create the next chapter in an ongoing story. Not even the director himself could have foreseen how this tale of a “Mysterious Object at Noon” would unfold, as it weaves through the lives of the storytellers and is relayed from one person to the next. A legend spun with a nimble touch.

Not long until YIDFF! Selection from festival #2
August 26 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
Carmen Miranda: Bananas Is My Business
Dir: Helena Solberg / BRAZIL, USA / 1994 / English, Portuguese / Color / 35mm / 92 min / YIDFF ’95

The life and times of Carmen Miranda, a Brazilian songstress who took her act to Hollywood and became the template for the high-spirited and sexy image of Latin American women. Revel in Miranda’s wonderful songs and Brazilian music in this outstanding biographical film.

Not long until YIDFF! Selection from festival #3
September 9 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
The Underground Orchestra
Dir: Heddy Honigmann / THE NETHERLANDS / 1997 / French, Rumanian, Spanish / Color / 35mm / 115 min / YIDFF ’99 Special Prize of Jury

In the tunnels of the Paris Metro and on street corners, musicians play their beloved instruments in order to feed themselves. This is a familiar scene in any city, but here many of these people are political exiles and illegal immigrants. A fine work that captures the state of our increasingly borderless world while anticipating the future found behind the melodies of their music.

Not long until YIDFF! Selection from festival #4
September 16 (Fri) 14:00, 19:00 (screens twice)
Gaea Girls
Dir: Kim Longinotto, Jano Williams / UK / 2000 / Japanese / Color / 35mm / 106 min / YIDFF 2001

A reverence for Nagayo Chigusa, the leading light of womens’ professional wrestling, led Takeuchi Saika to become a trainee with Gaea Japan. Their spartan lifestyle and harsh training regime causes many hopefuls to drop out. This film depicts Takeuchi’s determined struggle as she endures the gruelling practice sessions while dreaming of glory in the ring.

[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)