Nippon Connection (www.nipponconnection.com) easily rates as one of my all-time favorite film festivals to visit. It’s a small intimate 5 day celebration of Japanese cinema and culture that takes place each April in Frankfurt, Germany. It truly is a immersive and unique experience and highly recommended. Note that Chris from the great Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow will be out there this year covering it.
Titles Announced for 2009 Include:
NON-KO from Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI
NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE 2 from Shinya TSUKAMOTO
TOKYO SONATA from Kiyoshi KUROSAWA
GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND
Full press release follows… (Translated via Google into English)
Nippon Connection 2009 – The first Highlights
Soon holds back the Japanese film spring collection in Frankfurt! The Nippon Connection Film Festival showing of 15 to 19 April on the ninth time exciting, creative cinema from Japan. The festival presents more than 150 short and long films, a broad spectrum of avant-garde, anime blockbuster about to documentaries, many of them as Germany and European premieres. Some 20 filmmakers will present their works in Frankfurt person.
A few highlights of the festival, we can already tell you: The exceptional talent will Kazuyoshi KUMAKIRI at Nippon Connection than Germany premiere his new film NON-KO imagine. Again, he shows once again that he is a master when it comes to deep into the essence of the human follicle and this show. With tension is also expected NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE 2, from cult director Shinya TSUKAMOTO. The already on the Cannes Film Festival celebrated film TOKYO SONATA by Kiyoshi KUROSAWA shows the creeping disintegration of a family. Of course, may also not be missing Japanese animes. We show below the other two compilations GENIUS PARTY and GENIUS PARTY BEYOND from the forge creative studio 4 Â° C, with works such as “Tekkon Kinkreet” and “Mind Game” is known.
For the fifth time, the audience prize Nippon Cinema Award in the amount of 2,000 euros awarded to this year, the Metzler Bank donates. After the festival in Frankfurt, part of the digital program as Nippon Connection Film Festival on Tour around the World. The plan will include performances in Munich, New York and Barcelona.
But film fans not only come at Nippon Connection at their expense. The extensive program Nippon Culture, visitors can fully into the Japanese culture and provide them with all your senses. A focus this year is the theme of “Sounds”. Because Japan is not only with the eyes, but also to discover the ears. Sound installations, radio plays and a concert sound Japan by presenting the acoustic side. In the gallery station in KÃ¼nstlerhaus Mousonturm this year there will be an exhibition of contemporary Japanese video art. Nippon Culture also offers the popular cooking course again by the Japanese Consulate General, a tea ceremony, tea lounge, noodle soup bar, karaoke, parties, concerts and more.
Student house on campus Bockenheim (Festival Center), heirs Orfeos Cinema, Cinema in the German Film Museum, Gallery station in KÃ¼nstlerhaus Mousonturm.
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The complete program we announced in early March.