If you have no plans for Valentines weekend this year (Feb 12-14), why not hunker down at Quad for three days of Japanese film goodness. Starting on the Friday evening and continuing through Saturday and Sunday afternoon the Japan Touring Festival will bring nine films (more films than any other UK city except London!), which have not been previously screened in the UK, to the Quad’s cinema.
The theme of the JTF this year is related to the observation of peoples lives, which will be represented through a spectrum of experiences from dramatic tragedies to laugh out loud comedies. The films also vary in age from the early black and white of the 1950s and 60s, to recent releases including two anime features.
On Friday night ‘The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky’ will be introduced by the films director Yuki Tanada. Derby Quad will be one of only four of the thirteen venues taking part to have this honor (Leicester Phoenix is the only other venue in the midlands where she will make an appearance), and there will be a chance to ask Tanada questions about the film, and her work as a director at the end.
Derby isn’t the only midlands city that will be visited by the tour, with Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield also taking part. Each venue has chosen different films to show so it is worth having a look around for the films you are most interested in.
For more information visit the The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme website http://www.jpf-film.org.uk/