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Close-Knit

Close-Knit, "Karera ga Honki de Amu toki wa"

Synopsis

Director

When a 11 year schoolgirl Tomo once again discovers that her careless mom has yet again embarked on her life adventures and discarded her, the resilient youngster does what she has always done – takes shelter in the apartment of her uncle Makio, who has come to the aid many times before. But once Tomo arrives to Makio’s house she is bewildered by an unsuspected surprise – instead of an empty bachelor’s flat Tomo is greeted by Makio’s new girlfriend Rinkio … who was born as a man but identifies her self as a woman. Transgender Rinko working as a nurse in a care home will become the perfect mom what Tomo has been searching for her whole life – she is cute, kind, amazing cook and braidmaker, and on top of that a master knitter. Makio, who fell for her at the first sight, and heartwarmingly kind Rinko will step by step become closer to becoming Tomo’s long yearned parents, but in order to do so the three will have to face their own and society’s predjudice, which stress will be overcome by their joint love for knits.
Naoko Ogigami is a long time favorite of the Black Nights audience, and her „Close Knit“ is undoubtedly one of the key Japanese films of the year. Employing her trademark style of soft yet tragicomic narration, the film gently portays how love and camraderie will blossom in a non-standard family structure, and the love for stress-relieving hobby of knitting can bring togther not only different generations but also persons with different gender identities.
Sten Saluveer

Naoko Ogigami

(b. 1972, Shiba, Japan) is one of the most appreciated female Japanese filmmakers of the younger generation. After completing her studies in image science at native Japan, Ogigami moved in 1994 to United States where continued educating herself in filmmaking at University of Southern California. At the same time working as assistant director for commercials and advertisements Ogigami also experimented with short film. After returning to Japan Ogigami reached wider popularity with debut feature „Yoshino’s Barber Shop“ that was awarded by the Special Prize of the Berlinale Children’s program. She assured her position amongst mostly educated female audience with a following „Seagull Diner“, shot on location in Helsinki and turning a suburb diner into a tourist attraction. Her last movie „Rent-a-Cat“ was screened at PÖFF in 2012. Ogigami is member of jury in this year’s PÖFF.

Filmography

  • Barber Yoshino (Yoshino’s Barber Shop, 2004)
  • Koi wa go-shichi-go! (2005)
  • Kamome shokudô (Kamome Diner, 2006)
  • Megane (2007, Prillid, tARTuFF 2008)
  • Toiretto (Tualett, PÖFF 2010)
  • Rentaneko (Rentida kass, PÖFF 2012)
  • Karera ga honki de amu toki wa
  • (Close-Knit, 2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
17:15 - 19:22
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021901
Sold out
28.11.2017
20:45 - 23:12
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 121102
Guests (1)
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Movie guests:  Director Naoko Ogigami
30.11.2017
17:00 - 19:27
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 140305
Guests (1)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Naoko Ogigami
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Unrevealed Snapshots: Films of Contemporary Japanese Female Directors

Film info

Country: Japan
Year: 2017
Duration: 127 minutes
Language: Japanese
Director: Naoko Ogigami
Producers: Masashi Igarashi, Kenzô Ishiguro, Noriaki Takagi
Writer: Naoko Ogigami
DOP: Kozo Shibasaki
Montage: Shinichi Fujima
Composer: Naoko Eto
Cast: Tôma Ikuta, Eiko Koike, Mugi Kadowaki
Production: Suurkiitos
Festivals: Berlin (Teddy Jury Award), Helsinki, London

Synopsis

Director

When a 11 year schoolgirl Tomo once again discovers that her careless mom has yet again embarked on her life adventures and discarded her, the resilient youngster does what she has always done – takes shelter in the apartment of her uncle Makio, who has come to the aid many times before. But once Tomo arrives to Makio’s house she is bewildered by an unsuspected surprise – instead of an empty bachelor’s flat Tomo is greeted by Makio’s new girlfriend Rinkio … who was born as a man but identifies her self as a woman. Transgender Rinko working as a nurse in a care home will become the perfect mom what Tomo has been searching for her whole life – she is cute, kind, amazing cook and braidmaker, and on top of that a master knitter. Makio, who fell for her at the first sight, and heartwarmingly kind Rinko will step by step become closer to becoming Tomo’s long yearned parents, but in order to do so the three will have to face their own and society’s predjudice, which stress will be overcome by their joint love for knits.
Naoko Ogigami is a long time favorite of the Black Nights audience, and her „Close Knit“ is undoubtedly one of the key Japanese films of the year. Employing her trademark style of soft yet tragicomic narration, the film gently portays how love and camraderie will blossom in a non-standard family structure, and the love for stress-relieving hobby of knitting can bring togther not only different generations but also persons with different gender identities.
Sten Saluveer

Naoko Ogigami

(b. 1972, Shiba, Japan) is one of the most appreciated female Japanese filmmakers of the younger generation. After completing her studies in image science at native Japan, Ogigami moved in 1994 to United States where continued educating herself in filmmaking at University of Southern California. At the same time working as assistant director for commercials and advertisements Ogigami also experimented with short film. After returning to Japan Ogigami reached wider popularity with debut feature „Yoshino’s Barber Shop“ that was awarded by the Special Prize of the Berlinale Children’s program. She assured her position amongst mostly educated female audience with a following „Seagull Diner“, shot on location in Helsinki and turning a suburb diner into a tourist attraction. Her last movie „Rent-a-Cat“ was screened at PÖFF in 2012. Ogigami is member of jury in this year’s PÖFF.

Filmography

  • Barber Yoshino (Yoshino’s Barber Shop, 2004)
  • Koi wa go-shichi-go! (2005)
  • Kamome shokudô (Kamome Diner, 2006)
  • Megane (2007, Prillid, tARTuFF 2008)
  • Toiretto (Tualett, PÖFF 2010)
  • Rentaneko (Rentida kass, PÖFF 2012)
  • Karera ga honki de amu toki wa
  • (Close-Knit, 2017)