Friday, August 24, 2007

The Kansai International Film Festival

The first Kansai International Film Festival (KIFF) starts today. Thirty-two “Japanese Films Made by Foreigners!” will be shown at Planet Station, in Morinomiya.

The film categories include: Documentary, Culture-Clash, Experimental, The Dark Side, Wabi-Sabi ("Japanese" films), and more. The directors come from ten different countries, and will no doubt present a view of Japan quite different from that in the mainstream Japanese media.

My friend Rik Sanchez will be there giving away DVDs of Nylon, a short film he made with writer/director/actor Kevin Karn. If you see him, go up & say, “Hello!” (He’s the guy with chilli peppers tattooed on his arm.) If you are friendly enough, he might give you a DVD.

KIFF organizer Darryl Knickrehm will be one of the featured filmmakers. His work Rodosha will be shown twice. Other featured works include Reggie Life’s Doubles, Junko Kajino and Ed Koziarski’s Homesick Blues, Rachael Lucas’s Bondi Tsunami, and many, many more. I’ve heard especially good things about Bondi Tsunami.

Details can be found on the KIFF websites:

Place: Planet Station (map and address in Japanese here) in Morinomiya, which is on the Osaka loop line.

Dates: August 24, 25, 26 (Fri, Sat, Sun)Time: 12-9 pm divided into 2 hour screenings

Categories: Documentary, Culture-Clash, Experimental, The Dark Side, Wabi-Sabi ("Japanese" films) and More

Screen: main screen = 140 seat theater

Admission: Free

It's free! What are you waiting for?

By the way, I was in a rush this morning so I stole this entry from Japan Visitor Blog. Sorry, Guys!

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