Tengoku wa mada tôi (Heaven is Still Far Away) 2016 Ages 15+
2.00PM Sun 2 Dec 2018 (38mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
‘Yuzo (Nao Okabe) and Mitsuki (Anne Ogawa) live together in Yuzo’s small apartment, their constant companionship tender and indifferent in turn. Then Yuzo receives a call from Satsuki (Hyunri), a documentarian resolved to make a film about a now-distant family tragedy, and the three meet, to search for some way to account for their relationship to one another, the memories they share and those they’ve kept to themselves.
As the melancholy and yet hopeful title suggests, whole worlds of feeling, memory, and experience lie within these characters, where they might at first appear just past the camera’s reach. However, Hamaguchi and his actors find ways to trace these inner landscapes in phantom form, as gestures and gazes, stories and confessions. Much like the censorship mosaics we see Yuzu earning his living applying to “S&M-ish” pornographic videos at the short’s start, Heaven Is Still Far Away blurs the boundaries between one person and another — between the spaces they inhabit, their genders, their ages, even their thoughts and emotions.
Hamaguchi notes of the film: "Heaven is Still Far Away is a short piece originally made only for supporters of the crowdfunding of Happy Hour. Courtesy of them, we can now show it to the public — my first ghost story."’ Le Cinema Club
HD VIDEO, 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