DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR at 7:30 pm,
followed by 24 WEEKS at approximately 9:30 pm.
Ticket price includes admission to both films.
Germany (2016), 104 min. DCP Projection.
German and Japanese with English Subtitles
Director: Doris Dörrie Screenplay: Doris Dörrie Cinematography: Hanno Lentz Cast: Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Mosche Cohen, Nami Kamata Producers: Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg Production Company: Olga Film/Munich, in co-production with Rolize/Bad Feilnbach, Constantin Film Produktion/Munich, ZDF/Mainz, ARTE/Strasbourg
Desperate to move past the heartbreak of her broken engagement, young German woman, Marie (Thomass) joins the charity circus troupe “Clowns4help” and travels to Japan, hoping to bring joy to the elderly survivors of the 2011 nuclear disaster still living in emergency shelters. Burdened by her own problems, and panicked by the devastation in Fukushima, Marie finds herself ill-suited to bring joy to others whose hardships she cannot imagine. Just as she decides to leave Japan, Marie encounters Satomi (Momoi), Fukushima’s last geisha, who is determined to return to her home in the radioactive exclusion area. Rather than retreating, Marie stays, electing to help Satomi rebuild her life. Though initially very different, the two find themselves united in the need to confront the ghosts of their respective pasts. Thomass’ “fish out of water” comedic timing blends perfectly with Momoi’s resourceful performance as the wise-cracking, aging geisha. Infusing both characters and script with her trademark tragically comedic style, writer-director Dörrie, shooting for the first time exclusively in Japan and in black and white, brings a refreshingly off-beat perspective to an otherwise emotionally heavy subject.
In Person: Actress Kaori Momoi
$11.-/ General Audiences
$9.- / Seniors, Students / Friends of Goethe
$7.- / Cinematheque Members
CICAE Art Cinema Award Berlinale 2016
Heiner Carow Award 2016
Bavarian Film Award 2016 (Best Actress, Rosalie Thomass)
Doris Dörrie completed her film studies at Academy for TV and Film in Munich. She is one of Germany’s best-known filmmakers who is as unconventional and determined the characters in her films. Dörries long-time interest in Zen Buddhism has also found its way into her storytelling, setting 3 other feature films Japan: ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT (1999), DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU (2004), and KIRSCHBLÜTEN-HANAMI (2008).