- Friday, May 27, 17:00 Mousonturm Saal
Kimi wa iiko
- Japan 2015, DCP, 121 min, Japanese with English subtitles, released to age 12 or older
- Director: Mipo O
- Script: Ryo TAKADA based on a novel by Hatsue NAKAWAKI
- Camera: Yuta TSUKINAGA
- Production: Ark Entertainment
- World sales: Nikkatsu
- Cast: Kengo KORA, Machiko ONO, Chizuru IKEWAKI, Michie KITA, Kazuya TAKAHASHI
- German premiere
- Competition Nippon Cinema Award
Idealistic teacher Tasuku hits a brick wall when he attempts to help a boy who is mobbed by his classmates. Young mother Masami is inappropriately strict and cold towards her daughter Ayane, due to a trauma from earlier in her life. Coming on the heels of her 2015 Oscarnominated THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE, Mipo O delivers a devastating portrayal of bullying and abuse in Japanese society.
Mipo O was born as a third generation KoreanJapanese in Mie Prefecture in 1977. After graduating from Osaka University of Arts, she worked as a screenwriter for director Nobuhiko OBAYASHI. Her drama THE LIGHT SHINES ONLY THERE signalled a major breakthrough in her work, winning her prizes for Best Director at both the Yokohama and Montreal film festivals.
2005 The Sakais’ Happiness (Sakaike no shiawase); 2010 Here Comes the Bride, My Mom! (Okan no yomeiri / NC ’07); 2014 The Light Shines Only There (Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku)