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Image of movie Kanata no uta
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Kanata no uta

Following The Sound
SUGITA Kyoshi
Japan 2023
84 min
OV w/ EN subtitles
V'23

Two years after HARUHARASAN NO UTA, Sugita Kiyoshi’s latest film continues his exquisitely uncluttered exploration of generosity, healing after loss and human bonds. Haru, a young woman who works in a bookstore, meets first Yukiko and then Tsuyoshi and begins to spend time with these two lonely characters. Perhaps their encounters didn’t happen entirely by chance, although this is mere assumption, as the film elides any explicit mention of their pasts. The story develops unobtrusively, following the quiet flow of everyday life; the focus remains firmly on the subtle observation of the ordinary and the search for the fragile beauty of the present, often embodied in the kindness and comfort written on the face of Haru, magnificently embodied by Ogawa An. The stillness and discreet distance of the framings create a serene, sheltered space that allows our imagination to connect to these characters’ inner lives. Mental images and the characters’ connections to one other are further evoked by the sound, presented as enigmatic recordings of Haru’s late mother, that the former listens to on cassette. A sparse, poetic study of the solace to be found in shared moments, KANATA NO UTA reveals that even the simplest of things have lustre and depth. (Nepheli Gambade)

In the presence of Kyoshi Sugita.

Sugita Kyoshi: A SONG I REMEMBER (2011), LISTEN TO LIGHT (2017), HARUHARA-SAN’S RECORDER (2021)

Credits
  • Ogawa An
  • Nakamura Yuko
  • Mashima Hidekazu
  • Sugita Kyoshi
  • lioka Yukiko
  • Koh Young Chang
  • Okawa Keiko
  • Skank
Nekojarashi

Iha Films

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Sat 28 Oct
18:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
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13:30
Filmmuseum
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