THE NETHERLANDS/2005/Dutch/Color, B&W/35mm/70min
Directors: Albert Elings, Eugenie Jansen
Hammer and Flame
UK, INDIA/2005/No dialogue/Color/Video/10min
Director: Vaughan Pilikian
A pastoral farming village in The Netherlands. People and animals, trees and rivers all flow in abundance and in their own time. Seven years of scenes from this hamlet have been etched into film with a limpid cinematic sesibility. Meanwhile, at a demolition site in northern India, a tanker splits open into two. Shattering into pieces by a hammer, melting into flame, the beauty of this very human act is captured in Hammer and Flame.
9.19(Tue) 12:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.29(Fri) 15:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.12(Thu) 19:00 @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 Virgin of Palermo
GERMANY, ITALY/2005/Italian/B&W/35mm/82min
Director: Antonio Guidi
July’s Santa Rosalia fiesta in Palermo, Sicily celebrates the legend of a saint who saved the town from plague. Filmed in black and white, the cityscape is refine, the citizens jolly, and music gentle to the ear. Be fascinated by the richness and openness of the local culture at the heart of this vibrant festival.
9.19(Tue) 20:30 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.22(Fri) 14:05 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.17(Tue) 15:50 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
President Mir Qanbar
Director: Mohammad Shirvani
Hoping to become the president of Iran one day, Mir Qanbar campaigns earnestly with his campaign manager and the film crew.
9.19(Tue) 18:55 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
9.28(Thu) 14:25 @Polepole Higashinakano theater
10.17(Tue) 17:50 @Athenee Francais Cultural Center
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

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)