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San Sebastian Sets Contempo Japan Retro

Showcase focuses on helmers, highlights on recent indie scene

San Sebastian Sets New Japanese Independent
Tetsuichiro Tsuta's "The Tale of Iya"

Nobuhiro Suwa’s “H Story,” Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s “A Snake of June,” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Bright Future,” Shion Sono’s Love Exposure,” Ryuichi Hiroki’s “Vibrator,” Masahiro Kobayashi’s “Bashing” and Naomi Kawase’s “Birth/Mother” are some titles included in New Japanese Independent Cinema 2000-2015, the first retrospective to be announced by September’s San Sebastian Festival.

Showcase will highlight outstanding filmmakers plus emerging talents working outside the big studios in order to enjoy larger creative freedom, explained fest sources.

All helmers made their debut after 2000.

Selected works take in Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s rumination on love “Hole in the Sky,” Sang-il Lee’s inter-generation battle “Border Line,” Nobuhiro Yamashita’s Jim Jarmush-ish “No One’s Ark” and Izumi Takahashi’s religious cults tale “The Soup, One Morning,”

Also in the mix: Hiromasa Hirosue’s school-based plot “Fourteen,” Nami Iguchi’s meller “Sex Is Not Laughing Matter,”  Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s prenuptial drama “Passion,” Tetsuya Mariko’s fantastic boxing tale “Yellow Kid,” and Isao Yukisada’s study of Japanese society  “Parade.”

Most recent pics are Koji Fukada’s summer-at-the-beach confrontation “Hotori no sakuko,” Nobuteru Uchida’s intense psychological drama “Love Addiction,” Yuki Tanada’s erotic drama “The Cowards Who Looked To The Sky” and Tetsuichiro Tsuta’s ode to wildness “The Tale of Iya.”

San Sebastian’s audiences will also have a rare chance to catch Mipo Oh’s 2014 foreign-language Oscar entry “The Light Shines Only There,” Toshi Fujiwara’s Japan earthquake/tsunami docu-feature “No Man’s Zone,” Katsuya Tomita’s immigration fresco “Saudade,” and and Atsushi Funahashi’ tormented love story “Cold Bloom.”

The San Sebastian Festival organizes the retrospective with the support of the Valencian CulturArts-IVAC, the Basque Filmotecque, San Telmo Museum and San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016.

The panorama will be accompanied by a series of essays, coordinated by Shozo Ichiyama. The 63rd San Sebastian Festival runs September 18-26.