8:15pm – 9:55pm
Koji Fukada – Sayonara (Japan, 2015)
102 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Japanese with English subtitles
It is the near future, Japan has become contaminated with massive amounts of radiation. With 80% of Japan severely contaminated, the government officially decides to abandon the country and the government begins evacuating residents by lots. Left behind in the swelling exodus is a South African refugee, Tanya, and her android caretaker, Leona. As people pass them by, the two are left alone together to contemplate life and death, and the distinction between robot and human.
Based on the play Sayonara II by Oriza Hirata.
Director, Koji Fukada has already earned global attention as budding film writer and director. His list of achievements include: Best Film in the Japanese Eyes Section of the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival and NETPAC Award at the 2011 Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival for his 2010 film Hospitalité; the Audience Award and Golden Montgolfiere (Jury Award) at the 2013 Nantes Three Continents Festival for Au revoir l’été , and Best Director Award at the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for the same film.