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9 Short Films you shouldn’t miss at the Nara International Film Festival

These are nine short films you shouldn’t miss at the Nara International Film Festival which will take place from September 17 – 24, 2022 in Nara, Japan.

All Summer Long by Yuki Horiuchi – Japan | 2022
Section: NARA-wave

That night was a little bit special… because of that feeling that young people have when summer is coming to an end. Yamanobe and Kimi are jobhunting, but their scheduled interviews have suddenly been postponed. Syuichi makes a phone call to Rinko, who used to be a caretaker for his baseball team. Kento and Kyoko are working part time at a convenience store. In a seaside town, their unforgettable night begins. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 22, 2022 | Thursday | Evans Castle Hall | 13:00 pm
September 23, 2022 | Friday | Evans Castle Hall | 15:45 pm

Trailer:

Barefoot by Hiromi Tanoue – Japan | 2022
Section: NARA-wave

Hana Ishikawa, a high school student, lives with her older sister and mother. At first, Hana seems to live a peaceful life both at home and at school, but her family’s troubles and a crack in her environment slowly becomes more obvious. Her mother is emotionally unstable, her sister does not accept this and tries leave home, and she is torn between her dreams and reality. Hana, with a broken heart, has to make a small but serious choice. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 22, 2022 | Thursday | Evans Castle Hall | 10:00 am
September 23, 2022 | Friday | Evans Castle Hall | 18:30 pm

Barefoot Empress by Vikas Khanna – India | 2021
Section: Youth Juror Program

96-year-old Karthiyani Amma lived a life sweeping temples in India. Decades later she broke with tradition returning to school. There, she shattered expectations, earning the top score in her class. Her inspirational story is proof that it’s never too late to realize your dreams. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 18, 2022 | Sunday | Kinsho Hall | 10:00 am
September 19, 2022 | Monday | Bus Terminal | 10:00 am

Trailer:

May You Rest in Peace by Li Xiong – Japan | 2021
Section: NARA-wave

In China, keeping human remains perfect, as per tradition, is believed to be the best offering for those who have passed away. This is why many people in poor regions or rural areas who suffer from educational inequalities, reject the idea of donating bodies to science. On the other hand, in new cities like Shenzhen, more and more people accept these donations and quite a few young people offer to donate their bodies after death. Today, the gap between those who follow the traditional idea and those who understand the modern system, is widening in China.

This film follows Gao Min, China’s leading coordinator for body donations, as he works and describes how painful it is to live, die, love, and say goodbye, through the stories of three body donations. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 21, 2022 | Wednesday | Evans Castle Hall | 10:00 am
September 23, 2022 | Friday | Evans Castle Hall | 13:00 pm

Stray Cat by Yoon Solbeen – Korea | 2021
Section: NARA-wave

After her father remarried, Yoon Seul lived with Jae Yoon who was about the same age as her. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 21, 2022 | Wednesday | Evans Castle Hall | 13:00 pm
September 23, 2022 | Friday | Evans Castle Hall | 10:00 am

The Hands by Seowon Jung – Korea | 2021
Section: Youth Juror Program

Sign language interpreter Doh-young learns of his wife’s delivery for the newborn bay during his live interpretation for a case briefing. In his own way, Doh-young conveys his warm feelings towards his wife and the newborn child. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 18, 2022 | Sunday | Kinsho Hall | 10:00 am
September 19, 2022 | Monday | Bus Terminal | 10:00 am

Trailer:

The Two on the Stairs by Asahi Inoue – Japan | 2022
Section: NARA-wave

Sachiko, who is now married and a homemaker, is contacted by her junior, Megumi, who asks to meet at a coffee shop. Megumi does not reveal anything about why she has come to Tokyo, except for work. Sachiko tries to get through this uncomfortable conversation by faking a smile because she can’t even remember Megumi’s nickname. When some time passes, they happen to go to Sachiko’s house, where Megumi gets a glimpse of Sachiko’s everyday life. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 21, 2022 | Wednesday | Evans Castle Hall | 10:00 am
September 23, 2022 | Friday | Evans Castle Hall | 13:00 pm

The Voice Actress by Anna Takayama – Japan | 2022
Section: Youth Juror Program

Kingyo, a veteran voice actress working in Tokyo, possesses a unique ability to see the soul in all things, living and inanimate. The voice acting world is changing and she must find a way to reconcile her way of living with the modern industry. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 18, 2022 | Sunday | Kinsho Hall | 10:00 am
September 19, 2022 | Monday | Bus Terminal | 10:00 am

The Water Murmurs by Jianying Chen – China | 2022
Section: Invitation Films from Cannes

When an asteroid hits the Earth leading to underwater volcanic eruptions, the inhabitants of a small riverside town start to flee inland. Before she leaves, Nian decides to say goodbye to her childhood friend. Her memories of the town start to become clearer and clearer in her mind on this journey. (NaraIFF 2022)

Screening:
September 21, 2022 | Wednesday | Bus Terminal | 18:00 pm
September 23, 2022 | Friday | Bus Terminal | 10:00 am

Trailer:

For more information, please visit: https://nara-iff.jp/2022

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