Yoshida Kiju””The Japanese Master
One of Japan's best kept secrets is the work of Yoshida Kiju. An artistically ambitious, politically astute and influential filmmaker””known for his anti-melodramas and his collaboration with Mariko Okada (b. 1934), a beloved and celebrated actress of her generation, and one of the great stars of the Japanese New Wave. Read more about Kiju and the films below in the write-up by Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque.
7 films, all with English subtitles:
Good for Nothing SAT 3 at 19:00 & SAT 10 at 16:30
The Affair at Akitsu (English introduction by Dick Stegewerns 1 April) THU 1 at 18:30 & THU 8 at 21:30
The Eighteen who Stirred up a Storm””FRI 2 at 21:30 & WED 7 at 19:00
A Story Written in Water””SUN 4 at 21:45 & WED 14 at 16:30
Eros + Massacre SAT 10 at 18:30 & TUE 13 at 21:30
Coup d'Etat FRI 9 at 16:45 & WED 14 at 21:45
The Women in the Mirror SUN 11 at 14:00 & SAT 17 at 16:00
Film of the month””Still Walking (2008)
Image from Kore-eda's film Still Walking
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's film "Still Walking" is a bitter-sweet drama zooming in on the Yokoyama family one summer day. Beginning in a light and humorous tone, the atmosphere darkens as family conflicts show their head, bearing witness to what unites and what divides family members. "This is life as it's lived, not dreamed. And this is a family bound not only by sorrow, but also by a shared history that emerges in 114 calibrated minutes and ends with a wallop," wrote Manohla Dargis in his New York Times film review. Watch the trailer.
Still Walking””screening from 2-11 April at 19:15””English subtitles:
THU 1 + FRI 2 + SAT 3 + SUN 4 + TUE 6 + WED 7 + THU 8 + FRI 9 + SAT 10 + SUN 11.
Thursday 1 April: Free for Cinematheque members
Lone Scherfig's Choice
On the occasion of Lone Scherfig's sixth feature film, the Oscar-winning "An Education" (preview 8 April””see below), the Cinematheque has invited the director to choose the films that have inspired her most. Four of the nine films are with English dialogue, three are with Peter Sarsgaard, an actor much admired by Scherfig.
4 films in English:
Jarhead (2005), by Sam Mendes, director of "American Beauty" and "Revolutionary Road". The film focuses on the daily lives of young soldiers in the Golf War. Starring Peter Sarsgaard and Jake Gyllenhaal.
SUN 4 at 16:15 & FRI 30 at 16:15
Kinsey (2004), by Bill Condon. Liam Neeson plays Dr. Alfred Kinsey, author of the report that shook the American nation. Peter Sarsgaard plays Kinsey's assistant.
FRI 2 at 19:00 & Tue 20 at 16:30
Shattered Glass(2003), by Billy Ray. An elegant thriller based on a true story about the star journalist of The New Republic””a star until his notorious lies are revealed. Cast: Heyden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard.
SAT 3 at 14:15 & SAT 10 at 22:00 & Thu 29 at 21:45
The Weight of Water (2003), by Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"). A thriller covering the murder of two Norwegian sisters. Cast includes Danish Ulrich Thomsen and Anders W. Berthelsen.
THU 1 at 16:45 and SUN 11 at 21:45
Preview of Scherfig's Oscar winner An Education
Image from Scherfig's film An Education
Meet Lone Scherfig at the preview of her sixth feature film, the Oscar-nominated "An Education", a story about 16-year-old Jenny who is Oxford bound when she meets David, owner of a sports car and some years her senior ”¦. Read the film review by Bob Doto of Quiet Earth, who calls the film 'the date film of the century.' Watch the trailer.
An Education””one screening only, English dialogue:
FRI 08 at 19:00
Italian for Beginners””Danish Films / English subtitles
Lone Scherfig's Dogme film "Italian for Beginners", one of Danish cinema's greatest box office hits ever, critically acclaimed and sold worldwide. The film is about six vulnerable individuals whose lives become interwoven. In a city suburb, a young minister arrives to take up duties at a local church. He is persuaded by his assistant to join an Italian night school class, and he soon becomes the centre of a group of people to whom fate has dealt quite serious blows. Gradually each one in the group manages to overcome his/her predicament and find a happy solution.
One event, English subtitles
THUR 29 at 18:30
Friday Late Night””This is for the White in Your Eyes
Image of musician Jannis Noya Makrigiannis
CPH PIX and the Cinematheque present the premiere of Benjamin Hesselholdt and Karl Bjerre Skibsted's concert-film "This is for the White in Your Eyes", which brings us in close vision to Danish-Greek vocalist and musician Jannis Noya Makrigiannis who started the band: Choir of Young Believers. After the film you can meet the band and the filmmakers, who will also take over the DJ console in Asta Bar. Watch a YouTube video.
A one night event””concert film, English vocal””drink included with ticket (75 dkk)
FRI 23 at 22:00
Other films with English dialogue
The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969), by Bryan Forbes and starring Katherine Hepburn.
TUE 6 at 16:30 & TUE 13 at 22:00
Clueless (1995),by Amy Heckerling ("Look Who's Talking (1989). A teen story starring Brittany Murphy
TUE 6 at 21:30 & SUN 18 at 16:45
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005), by Marilyn Agrelo. A dance film from New York
SAT 1 May at 16:45
Rhythm is it! (2004), by Thomas Grube, Enrique Sánchez Lansch. 250 young Berliners dance to Stravinskij
SAT 1 May at 19:00
CPH PIX Copenhagen International Film Festival 15-25 April
Ten days of films, concerts and director interviews. The main focus may be on new talent and film masters, but there is also a string of films that belong to the cutting edge, others that are way out and some even a little crazy. Go to CPH PIX website for the programme. The Cinematheque, screening films every day during the festival, is just one of the cinemas participating in the screening of the 180 films selected for the festival.