October 28, 2017
(Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda, 1995)
Q&A with director Hirokazu Koreeda!
Co-presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Several years after the apparent suicide of her husband, Yumiko accepts an arranged marriage and moves with her young son to a small seaside village. She’s immediately embraced by the close-knit community and life seems to resume for her, but the past doesn’t stay the past as small reminders reopen old questions and wounds. Koreeda sustains a delicate balance between light and shadow in a film about the fragility of the healing process. (35mm)
~ Presented as part of "Hirokazu Koreeda: Cinema from the Outside In"
A film of astonishing beauty and sadness.
- Roget Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
Exquisitely beautiful... One breathtaking shot after another.
- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
A profoundly affecting meditation on loss... echoes the influence of Japanese masters Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujiro Ozu.
- Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Maborosi emerged from Koreeda’s skilful hands a confidently realised drama that marked its director as a formal master of the medium.
- Joseph Sgammato, Senses of Cinema
Koreeda’s extraordinary first narrative feature bears signs of his previous work in documentary—a patient eye for lighting and timing, a knack for framing resonate spaces and sounds—while moving uncommonly ahead, fashioning a lyrical cinema of love, loss, and the sublime.
- Jeremy Polacek, Brooklyn Magazine
(Available to download after screening date)