天国はまだ遠い (Heaven is Still Far Away) 2016 Ages 18+

6.00PM Fri 8 Oct 2021 (38mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Heaven is Still Far Away follows the withdrawn Yuzo, who shares his apartment with high school student Mitsuki. Yuzo is contacted by aspiring filmmaker Satsuki who is making a documentary about the death of her sister. After reluctantly agreeing to be interviewed, their conversation soon traverse the ambiguous realm between the living and the dead and the spaces they share.

Japanese filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi — the recent recipient of the Silver Bear Award at the 2021 Berlinale for Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for Drive My Car — wrote and directed this beguiling ghost story, shot during the production of his five-hour opus Happy Hour 2015. It is an entrancing and impactful exploration of grief and memory, captured in Hamaguchi's characteristically droll style..

CREDITS

DIGITAL, COLOUR, STEREO, 38 MINUTES, JAPAN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/EDITOR: RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI / CINEMATOGRAPHER: YOSHIO KITAGAWA / PRODUCTION CO: KOBE WORKSHOP CINEMA PROJECT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: KOBE WORKSHOP CINEMA PROJECT / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP