Seeking to deliver “positive films,” the Hiroshima International Film Festival (HIFF) will be held on November 22 and 24, with a growing emphasis on the host city.
“This year, the festival will show more consideration for Hiroshima,” said Kyoko Heya, film production designer who serves as president of the event.
A total of 33 movies from 15 countries will be displayed on HIFF.
It will open with a tentative version of “In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World,” directed by Sunao Katabuchi, whose full-length 160-minute version will hit theaters in December. The anime movie is an extended version of "In This Corner of the World," which has been playing for over 1.000 days.
The festival will close with “Labyrinth of Cinema” (179 minutes), which is Nobuhiko Obayashi's latest project. The 81-year-old director, born in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, works on the film while battling terminal cancer.
The festival's executive committee announced on September 30 that it has selected the title for the Hiroshima Peace Film Award.
The story focuses on a group of young people traveling in time and space into a war movie watching at Onomichi cinema. Highlighted in the film are the battlefront in China, Okinawa Prefecture, and Hiroshima, just before the city's 6 atomic bombing of August on 1945.
"I made this movie because I strongly and deeply believe that art, in this case, cinematic expression, is the easiest and easiest way to make people feel a painful sense of urgency," Obayashi said in a statement.
The festival will also feature the four classic Obayashi films selected by the director himself, including: "Bound for the Fields, the Mountains and the Seacoast" (1986), "Summer Among the Zombies" (1988), "Goodbye for Tomorrow" (1995) )) and “Seven Weeks” (2014). Obayashi will attend a lecture for all of his five films screened at the festival.
“Hiroshima is an energetic city that many filmmakers stand out for,” said Heya, a Hiroshima native. “A growing number of Hiroshima-themed films are being made, while there are also many films that should be screened at the festival.”
The HIFF will be held at NTT Cred Hall and Hiroshima City Film and Audiovisual Library on the city's Naka Wing and Yokogawa Cinema on the Nishi Wing.
For more information, visit the official website at (http://hiff.jp/en/).