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Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

Synopsis

Director

The life of late middle aged office lady Setsuko Kawashima beats a humdrum track framed by meaningless chores with lip-serviced colleagues and lonely nights with ciga­rettes and beer in a small, who-knows-when cleaned apartment. Setsuko’s creeping depression and hopelessness to find a partner is not even shaken by a suicide she witnesses the subway – which she takes with a stoic demeanor.

One day Setsuko receives a call from her hyperactive niece Mika who has gotten herself into trouble by enrolling to an English conversational class, but is unable to pay nor participate. After an intensive deliberation Setsuko decides to step in by participating by herself just to find the language school is held in a shady love hotel by an overtly friendly yet attractive American teacher John. To break the ice John applies a peculiar strategy – by appointing his students American names and forcing them to transform their personas by wearing a wig and engaging in physically close body language.

Based on her award winning and eponymously titled short film, Atsuko Hirayanagi’s debut feature „Oh Lucy!“ is a twist laden black tragicomedy on the desire and expectations of falling in love, the black humour accompanying difficult family relationships, the absurd that goes often along with cross-cultural conflict, and the realization that despite troubles light might flicker at the end of the tunnel.

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Atsuko Hirayanagi

(b. Nagano, Japan) received her MFA in Film Production from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. She is the writer and director of a number of shorts, including „Link“ (2009), „Wake“ (2010), „Mo Ikkai“ (2012), and „Oh Lucy!“ (2014). „Oh Lucy!“ (2017) is her debut feature film, and is an expansion of her earlier short of the same name.

Filmography

  • Oh
  • Lucy! (2017)

Schedule

18.11.2017
22:15 - 23:50
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 021304
Sold out
22.11.2017
20:15 - 21:50
Tallinn, 
Apollo Kino Solaris
Hall 4
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 061103
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03.12.2017
19:00 - 20:35
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171703
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Unrevealed Snapshots: Films of Contemporary Japanese Female Directors

Film info

Countries: Japan, United States
Year: 2017
Duration: 95 minutes
Languages: English, Japanese
Director: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Producers: Han West, Yukie Kito, Jessica Elbaum, Atsuko Hirayanagi
Writers: Atsuko Hirayanagi, Boris Frumin
DOP: Paula Huidobro
Montage: Kate Hickey
Composer: Erik Friedlander
Cast: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Koji Yakusho, Kaho Minami, Shioli Kutsuna
Productions: Matchgirl Pictures, Meridian Content
Festivals: Cannes, Moscow, Toronto, Helsinki, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

The life of late middle aged office lady Setsuko Kawashima beats a humdrum track framed by meaningless chores with lip-serviced colleagues and lonely nights with ciga­rettes and beer in a small, who-knows-when cleaned apartment. Setsuko’s creeping depression and hopelessness to find a partner is not even shaken by a suicide she witnesses the subway – which she takes with a stoic demeanor.

One day Setsuko receives a call from her hyperactive niece Mika who has gotten herself into trouble by enrolling to an English conversational class, but is unable to pay nor participate. After an intensive deliberation Setsuko decides to step in by participating by herself just to find the language school is held in a shady love hotel by an overtly friendly yet attractive American teacher John. To break the ice John applies a peculiar strategy – by appointing his students American names and forcing them to transform their personas by wearing a wig and engaging in physically close body language.

Based on her award winning and eponymously titled short film, Atsuko Hirayanagi’s debut feature „Oh Lucy!“ is a twist laden black tragicomedy on the desire and expectations of falling in love, the black humour accompanying difficult family relationships, the absurd that goes often along with cross-cultural conflict, and the realization that despite troubles light might flicker at the end of the tunnel.

Sten Saluveer

Atsuko Hirayanagi

(b. Nagano, Japan) received her MFA in Film Production from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. She is the writer and director of a number of shorts, including „Link“ (2009), „Wake“ (2010), „Mo Ikkai“ (2012), and „Oh Lucy!“ (2014). „Oh Lucy!“ (2017) is her debut feature film, and is an expansion of her earlier short of the same name.

Filmography

  • Oh
  • Lucy! (2017)