Far away, too close: Nippon Connection 2020

Marion Klomfass, Nippon Connection director, had planned a number of noteworthy events for the twentieth edition of the festival. To her credit, and in light of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, she has succeeded in staging virtual versions of her program, including 70 short and feature-length films and pre-recorded film talks with directors, notably with Werner Herzog (Family Romance, LLC), Isamu Hirabayashi (SHELL and JOINT), and Nanako Hirose (Book-Paper-Scissors). Live stream lectures and panel discussions have been planned with formatted panels on The Post-Covid Future of Japan’s Film Industry (with Karen Severns talking to Shozo Ichiyama of Tokyo FilmEX, producer … Continue reading Far away, too close: Nippon Connection 2020

On the passing of Michel Piccoli and Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse

Piccoli Paints During these months of confinement, a number of countries experienced the confirmation of a cultural shift as iconic figures and symbols from cinema, literature, theater and visual arts passed away, some inevitably through covid-19 complications, while others went … Continue reading On the passing of Michel Piccoli and Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse