Date: 15 - 29 January 2010
Venue: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT
Tel:020 3178 7096
Fax:020 3178 7096
Organiser: New Wave films
The celebrated director Hirokazu Kore-eda (AFTER LIFE, NOBODY KNOWS) returns to the forefront of world cinema with his new highly praised film STILL WALKING (Aruitemo, Aruitemo). A delicately detailed family drama that shines with warmth and understanding the film has been described by Tony Rayns ‘this feels as piercingly true as some of the great “home dramas” of the past - such as Ozu’s.’ One of the most critically acclaimed works from last year’s international film festivals, the film is lushly photographed, and with an expert script that incorporates elements of director Kore-eda's personal experience. With its sincerity and humour STILL WALKING is a delightful and finally affecting pleasure unlike any other recent film.
Fifteen years ago, Junpei, the youngest son of the Yokoyama family died while rescuing a boy from drowning. On the anniversary the family come together and over the course of one day, we follow the family as new relatives become acquainted, stories are told with the inevitable squabbles and regrets, and an elegant graveside ritual is performed for Junpei. Kore-eda shows complete mastery of his characters in this universal, deeply felt portrait of a complex, but ultimately loving contemporary family.