² Nippon Retro
For the first time, the retrospective is oriented around our thematic focus: Under the title STORIES OF YOUTH, we present eight Japanese productions spanning five decades, all dealing with the process of adolescence. Among them are unjustly overlooked works by renowned filmmakers such as Nagisa OSHIMA’s debut A TOWN OF LOVE AND HOPE (1959) or Mikio NARUSE’s drama THE APPROACH OF AUTUMN (1960). They range from almost neo-realist glimpses into a childhood in post-war Japan with MUDDY RIVER by Kohei OGURI (1981) to the surrealist kaleidoscope of memories PASTORAL HIDE AND SEEK (1974) by Shuji TERAYAMA. All films in the retrospective will be shown on analog film prints from the Japan Foundation Tokyo archive. In cooperation with Japan Foundation Tokyo and Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln and with the kind support of Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain.