Filmmaker Kore-eda to Speak at L.A. Screenings

“Hirokazu Kore-eda: Cinema from the Outside in” is being presented by the Yanai Initiative at UCLA and Waseda University and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with the filmmaker as special guest.

The following screenings will take place at the Billy Wilder Theater, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles (Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum). Kore-eda will appear at the Oct. 27 and 28 screenings.

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Hirokazu Kore-eda

Since his debut fiction feature, “Maborosi,” Kore-eda has quietly built an international reputation as the contemporary heir apparent to the legacy of Yasujiro Ozu through a series of restrained but powerfully moving portraits of Japanese family life. It’s a comparison that Kore-eda himself has rejected and one that has its limitations.

Kore-eda displays a masterful attention to stillness and the gentle rhythms of the everyday, but he is equally attuned to the disruptions and dislocations that ripple and break the surface of things. From “Maborosi” to “After the Storm” (2016), Kore-eda’s characters struggle with loss, separation, guilt and healing, which is always tenuous. He has also worked compellingly in a variety of genres including documentary (“However…”), true-life stories (“Distance”), chanbara (“Hana”), fantasy (“Air Doll”) and thrillers, including his most recent film, “The Third Murder” (2017).

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is honored to host Kore-eda for a special program of screenings and conversations at the Billy Wilder Theater as part of a series of events around the city in celebration of his remarkable career. This series is presented in association with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, with additional support provided by the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Special thanks to: Michael Emmerich, Nobuko Shinno, Miyuki Fukuma, Akira Lippit.

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