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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019


Fortnight 1986, Feature film, 2h10


When shooting a film, I always have a theme: a challenge to « now ». And Then, another attempts at my life-long theme, is a screen version of a novel by Soseki Natsume, one of the greatest novelists in Japan’s history. The book was published in 1909. The modernization until about 1910, when Japanese society was torn appart by the effects of imported capitalism. In the story, Daisuke is a jobless young man from a rich fmily. Called a « high-class vagabond », he does not work for bread but lives to improve his spiritual quality. Daisuke’s life style is similar to the indolent ways of contemporary youth and the idealism of intellectuals. Each character in the film has something in common with people today. Should we keep our spiritual independence and innocence, or sacrifice our ego to cope with society? The question is eternal. People desperatly in love create a kind of beauty because of its passion and purity. It is my desire to seek beauty in our barren world. In this film I challenge the limits of cinematography as a mean to reproduce on the screen an exquisite work of litterature and explore the psychology of minds. Yoshimitsu Morita


Yoshimitsu Morita

He was born in Japan; he grew up in Tokyo. He directed experimental films. He made his first feature film in 1981. In 1983, with Family Game, shown at the Locarno festival and at the MoMa in New York, he was discovered by the occidental audience.

Chishu Ryu
Kaoru Kobayashi
Katsuo Nakamura
Miwako Fujitani
Yusaku Matsuda

Tomomi Tsutsui

Yonezo Maeda

Akira Suzuki

Sigheru Umebayashi

Production : Toei Company Ltd, Tokyo, Japon Vente à l’étranger : Toei Company Ltd

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