This month starts off with a bang as several festivals continue and others are about to commence. It gets a bit quieter towards the middle and end of July, but perhaps that’s not to compete too much with Olympics? Well, that’s the rationale we can make for London at least.
The London Indian Film Festival finishes. More details here.
Part 2 of the BFI’s tribute to Japanese cinema masters Kaneto Shindo and Kozabura Yoshimura. The programme for July is available here.
The Prince Charles Cinema is screening Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi as part of its Classic Films Season. Details are here. It’s not indicated whether the screening is dubbed or subtitled, but it’s at 8:45 p.m., so there is a chance for the latter!
Terracotta is organising a festival of Hong Kong films to celebrate “establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997”. You can read the press release here, details on the festival and the 15 films on the programme can be found on HK15 website.
East End Film Festival: All Eyes East, London, UK (3-8 July)
The annual event is a “multi-platform festival” that includes all kinds of cinematic events (from screenings to masterclasses), with films from Iceland to Uganda to Japan. The full programme is available here.
Sono Sion’s Himizu has a few more screenings scheduled. You can see it at the Glasgow Film Theatreon July 1st, 2nd and 4th and at the Riverside Studios in London, on July 4 and 5. Bonus: REVIEW on Otherwhere.
The Riverside Studios aren’t just screening Himizu, but they are doing a Japanese double bill with Noruwei no mori, a film based on Murakami Haruki’s wonderful novel of the same title.
UK premiere and several screenings to follow. Details are here. (Remember, if you are in London you can catch this film with a Q&A as part of the HK15 Film Festival, where it screens on July 9.)
NOTE: It seems the KCCUK changed the original order of the screenings. I don’t know the final schedule for this month at the moment, other than that Siwolae is now screening on July 5. I will update once I know the details. I would guess that the July 26 screening will still be Pooreunsogeum.
그대안의 블루 (Geudaeanui Beulru/The Blue in You, 1992)
네온속으로 노을지다 (Sunset into Neon Lights, 1994)
시월애 (Siwolae/Il Mare, 2000)
푸른 소금 (Pooreunsogeum/Hindsight, 2010) + Q&A with director
The first three are free events (booking required) that screen at the Korean Cultural Centre. The July 26 screening will be held at the Apollo Cinema at Piccadilly Circus. Details on the director and the films (including short synopses and trailers) in this post on Otherwhere.
There are two more lectures programmed for this series on Japanese film:
July 4: “Collaboration or Exploitation? The Relationship Between Japanese Directors and their Stars”
July 11: “What’s Happening Now in Japanese Cinema?”
Details are available here.
July 17: 「アイキ」 (Aiki, 2002). Free, but book early to avoid disappointment.