The Island at the End of the World
THE PHILIPPINES/2004/Filipino, Itbayaten/Color/Video/106min
Director: Raya Martin
Flying in from the city, a young director sets his foot on Itbayat island at the northernmost tip of the Phillippines. His camera loosely trails islanders' simple and carefree days.
9.19(Tue) 16:45 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
Cinéma Invisible - The Book
THE NETHERLANDS/2005/Dutch/Color, B&W/Video/73min
Director: Kees Hin
Our navigator is a woman who visits a bookshop in search of a collection of unfilmed screenplays, “Anthologie du Cinema Invisible,” that was published to celebrate the first centenary of cinema. From these 100 unrealized works, the essence of ten projects are selected to be presented in this film. Excerpts from Chaplin and Clouzot, Zazie dans le metro, Battleship Potemkin and more are combined to create this fantasy documentary film with an infectious playful spirit. A work that pays homage to all cinema.
9.20(Wed) 16:35 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 14:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.13(Fri) 15:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
About a Farm
Director: Mervi Junkkonen
Moving Adult Cats
Director: Johan Lundborg
In About a Farm, the director’s parents who run a farm in a small town in Finland decide to sell off all their cattle and shut it down, while their ill daughter chooses life in the city. A self documentary that paints a portrait of a family buffeted by surging waves of change in a small town in Finland. In Moving Adult Cats, a traveling salesvan makes a stop once a week in a small rural village in Sweden. The camera closely follows the daily activities of two elderly folk, painstakingly observing their anxieties as they strive to live true to themselves until the end. Through the filmmaker's attentive observation, the issues of old age that we all must face are delicately delineated.
9.19(Tue) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 16:20 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.12(Thu) 16:30 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
The 3 Rooms of Melancholia
Russian, Chechen, Arabic, Finnish/Color, B&W/35mm/106min
Director: Pirjo Honkasalo
An examination of children’s lives amidst the war in Chechnya from three different perspectives. A war started by adults, and the true faces of children living under tragic circumstances who have lost sight of a future to which they are entitled.
9.20(Wed) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 18:40 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.18(Wed) 19:00 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
Director: Michal Leszczylowski
A project where three prisoners serving sentences perform in a public stage production. Intertwining footage of rehearsals, the prisoners' testimonies and the performance itself the boundaries of reality and fiction are blurred, deceiving the viewer. Finally, an unforeseen conclusion confronts us.
9.21(Thu) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.23(Sat) 20:50 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.19(Thu) 16:40 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center

Presented by Cinamatrix
Co-presented by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee, Athenee Francais Cultural Center, The Film School of Tokyo, Polepole Higashinakano

With support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho)