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Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival: Extreme Private Eros + Dialogue at Close-Up Film Centre

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Time 17:40
Date 21/09/19
Price £12.9

Fierce satires and poetic meditations on existence from the post-war period are interwoven with expressive and intimate reflections on ‘being’ in present-day Japan.

A stunning and perverse glimpse into life after a relationship, Kazuo Hara pushes uncomfortable boundaries in ways no documentarian has ever dared.

Following Miyuki after the dissolution of their relationship, Hara decides that filming his lost love's new life in Okinawa is the best way to stay connected. Through candid vignettes with ill-synched audio, a voyeuristic, dreamlike portrait emerges of Miyuki at the hub of a burgeoning leftist community. Landing somewhere in the ether between one man’s destructive coping strategy, a record of fringe 1970s culture, and the thought-provoking nature of what remains after love ends, Extreme Private Eros is an introspective artistic enterprise and a riveting piece of documentary filmmaking.

Extreme Private Eros is paired here with Yuka Sato’s Dialogue, where, emerging from a period of withdrawal, a social recluse or hikikomori relates her inner experiences against the backdrop of an illuminated, restless urban environment that never sleeps.

Extreme Private Eros: Love Song | Dir Kazuo Hara | 1974 | 98 mins

Dialogue | Dir Yuka Sato | 2018 | 17 mins