Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 342: Sat Dec 9

Intimacies (Hamaguchi, 2012): ICA Cinema, 12.10pm

This is part of the Stage Projections season (details here) at the ICA Cinema. Stage Projections presents a programme of films about the creation of theatre, celebrating the art of performance and communal creative practices. Each screening focuses on a different aspect of theatre creation, and will be accompanied by introductions, essays and a workshop.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's rarely screened Intimacies was conceived while the director was teaching at ENBU Seminar. This little seen work is presented in a three-parts combining elements of fiction and documentary. Observational techniques detail the pitfalls and tensions that arise during a production then, the play is shown in its entirety. The screening will be accompanied by a commissioned essay by Iana Murray on the role of theatre in Hamaguchi’s films.

Harvard Film Archive review:
Hamaguchi’s first exploration of extreme duration is a fascinating three-part epic following the difficult production and realization of a stage play. Conceived while Hamaguchi was teaching at the ENBU film and theater school, and featuring an ensemble cast of ENBU students and colleagues, 
Intimacies blends fiction and documentary, the cinematic and theatrical, in its observational chronicle of the challenging tensions that animate yet also threaten to upend the production.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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