Monday, April 7, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2 (Discussion with Soda)
The filmmaker introduces his debut feature, Campaign, as part of Contemporasian. The film will also be shown on April 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, with no filmmaker introduction.
Senkyo (Campaign). 2007. Japan. Directed by Kazuhiro Soda. Soda's debut feature, shot in cinéma vérité style, follows his former Tokyo University classmate Kazuhiko Yamauchi's run as a "parachute" candidate for Japan's powerful Liberal Democratic Party in a crucial local district. With no prior experience in politics, no supporters, a lack of charisma, and dwindling funds, Yamauchi's greatest asset is his ability to keep smiling under any circumstances, amid humiliations public, political, and private. This fly-on-the-wall view of street-level politics cleverly reveals much about the true nature of "democracy." In Japanese; English subtitles. 119 min.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Thursday, April 10, 2008, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Friday, April 11, 2008, 8:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Saturday, April 12, 2008, 3:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
Sunday, April 13, 2008, 2:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2
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