Director Ryota Nakano scheduled to attend | June 5 & June 6
What started out as an adventure of two young girls to reconnect with their long lost dad becomes a journey of self-discovery, reconciliation, growth, and love.
|June 5, 2013||7:00 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
|June 6, 2013||4:30 PM||Harvard Exit||Date has passed|
In Ryota Nakano's debut feature film, Sawa, a long divorced mother with two complex, angst-ridden teenaged sisters, sends her daughters on a cross country trip to capture a photo of their estranged dying father who they can barely remember. He left her fourteen years earlier for another woman and she is determined to laugh in his face, even if it's only in a photograph. Alas, he passes away before the two girls arrive, and they are left to meet with their mysterious paternal relatives and attempt to take the photograph their mother bitterly demanded of them. From a slightly perverted uncle to an adorable younger half-brother that the girls' never were told about, the odd cast of their father's family help the girls slowly piece together who he really was. What begins as a frivolous quest for their dismissive mother becomes a journey of self-discovery, reconciliation, and love for the two teens. This study on family and death is surprisingly light- hearted; dropping bits of quirky humor and memorable character traits that carry the film through its brisk 74 minutes.
Kyoto-born Ryota Nakano studied filmmaking at the Japan Institute for Moving Image before directing several short films, including The Sparkling Amber. His feature film debut Capturing Dad premiered at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival and has garnered accolades for its cast, including the Best Supporting Actress Award for Makiko Watanabe at the 2013 Asian Film Awards.
Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Japan Foundation Los Angeles
|Principal Cast:||Makiko Watanabe, Erisa Yanagi, Nanoka Matsubara, Kenichi Takito, Satoshi Nikaido|
|Premiere Status:||North America|
|Running Time:||74 minutes|
|Awards:||Skip City International D-Cinema Festival (Best Director, Best Japanese Feature Film, Audience Choice)|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|