Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque at the Wilkinson Public Library:
Contemporary Japanese Cinema

From Hayao Miyazaki to Yoji Yamada, from animation to samurai film to the surreal, this four-part series explores the landscape of contemporary Japanese Cinema and the impact it has had on the world of film.  The series continues in April with Katsuhito Ishii’s The Taste Of Tea (Cha No Aji), a selection at the 2004 the Cannes Film Festival and referred to as the "surreal" version of Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander (1982).  

Director Ishii examines the eccentric Haruno family who reside in a quiet countryside village just north of Tokyo.  The tranquil clan of five is transformed when visiting uncle Ayano (Tadanobu Asano), a successful movie producer, arrives to town.  As the summer progresses, each member of the family is revealed in a series of episodic vignettes – from offbeat grandfather, Akira (Tatsuya Gashuin), to artistic mother, Yoshiko (Satomi Tezuka), to hypno-therapist father, Nobou (Tomokazu Miura), who practices his trade on his family, to the children who are navigating their paths to young adulthood.

"Quirky with a capital Q," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. "The most charming comedy in town," wrote the Chicago Tribune, "Writer-director-editor Katsuhito Ishii's 2004 piece is a modern Japanese variation on (Frank Capra's 1938 Academy Award-winning) You Can't Take It With You, with some lovely fantastical flourishes.”

THE TASTE OF TEA/CHA NO AJI
(2004, Unrated, 143 minutes)
Monday, April 9 - Light snacks will be provided
6pm at the Wilkinson Public Library - FREE TO ALL

Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque is collaboration between
The Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library.

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