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Nippon Connection reconnects

Nippon Connection reconnects

By Stephen Cremin

Sun, 24 February 2013, 18:15 PM (HKT)

Festival News

The 13th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection (4-9 Jun 2013), the world's largest showcase of Japanese cinema, has announced the first titles in this year's lineup.

The German festival is being revitalised this year, moving from Frankfurt University to the city's Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and Naxoshalle, and pushing later in the year to June from its traditional dates in April or early May. In addition to narrative features, it presents shorts, documentaries and experimental cinema.

Highlights at this year's edition, that were announced yesterday, include KUROSAWA Kiyoshi 黒沢清's Penance 贖罪 (2012), YOSHIDA Daihachi 吉田大八's The Kirishima Thing 桐島、部活やめるってよ (2012) (pictured), OKITA Shuichi 沖田修一's A Story of Yonosuke 横道世之介 (2012) and WATANABE Ryohei 渡部亮平's Shady かしこい狗は、吠えずに笑う (2012).

Directors who have already confirmed their attendance are TOYODA Toshiaki 豊田利晃, with I'm Flash! (2012) and MATSUE Tetsuaki 松江哲明 with Flashback Memories 3D フラッシュバックメモリーズ 3D (2012). Producer and actress SUGINO Kiki 杉野希妃 will also present UCHIDA Nobuteru 内田伸輝's Odayaka おだやかな日常 (2012).

The festival's Nippon in Motion Award competition, now in its second year, has extended the deadline for submissions until 15 Mar. Films must run no more than 12 seconds, be understandable without sound and focus on the topic of "Nippon in Motion". The three winning entries will be screened in Frankfurt's subway stations.

Last year, the festival screened 142 features and shorts to an audience of over 16,000, with more than 50 guests attending from Japan.

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