Two Japanese films are set to screen in this year’s QCinema International Film Festival (QCinema), starting on Thursday, October 19 until next week.
The first film, Naoko Ogigami’s Close Knit (Karera ga honki de amu toki wa) will be shown on the following dates and venues: October 23 – 6PM (Robinsons Galleria), October 24 – 4PM (Gateway Mall) and October 26- 1PM (Robinsons Galleria).
According to AsiaWiki, the film is a story about “11-year-old Tomo lives with mother Hiromi, but Hiromi decides to give up on her and leaves their home. Tomo, now all alone, visits her uncle Makio’s home. Makio lives with his beautiful girlfriend Rinko. Rinko was born as a man and now works as a caregiver at a home for the elderly. Tomo is a little confused by the situation, but they begin to live as a family.”
The film is one of the entries competing in the festival’s RainbowQC Competition. This category features films that presents a broad spectrum of LGBT narratives across the world.
The second film, Kiki Sugino’s Snow Woman (Yuki Onna) is scheduled to screen at the following dates and venues: October 22- 4PM (Trinoma), October 25 – 6:30PM (Gateway Mall) and October 26 – 9PM (UP Town Center).
The film is described as an enigmatic and atmospheric retelling of an ancient Japanese ghost story.
Yuki Onna is included among the films in the Asian Next Wave category, which features up-and-coming Asian filmmakers with less than three feature films.
According to the official website, the annual QCinema International Film Festival is designed to serve as the lens through which the general public will get to appreciate the active role of Quezon City in Philippine filmmaking from its pioneering years in the 50’s down to the present and on to the future.