Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 264: Sat Sep 21

Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (Hara, 1974): Close-Up Cinema, 5.40pm

This screening is part of the Japanese Avant-garde & Experimental Film Festival (full details here). The festival examines national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history through a programme of repertory cinema and contemporary experimental short film. Fierce satires and poetic meditations on existence from the post-war period are interwoven with expressive and intimate reflections on ‘being’ in present-day Japan.

Close-Up Cinema introduction:
A stunning and perverse glimpse into life after a relationship, Kazuo Hara pushes uncomfortable boundaries in ways no documentarian has ever dared. Following Miyuki after the dissolution of their relationship, Hara decides that filming his lost love's new life in Okinawa is the best way to stay connected. Through candid vignettes with ill-synched audio, a voyeuristic, dreamlike portrait emerges of Miyuki at the hub of a burgeoning leftist community. Landing somewhere in the ether between one man’s destructive coping strategy, a record of fringe 1970s culture, and the thought-provoking nature of what remains after love ends, Extreme Private Eros is an introspective artistic enterprise and a riveting piece of documentary filmmaking.
Here (and above) is the trailer.

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