Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Cinema Vérité MENTAL by Kazuhiro Soda to be Screened at Pusan International Film Festival

This just in from director Kazuhiro Soda:

"I'm excited to announce that my newly completed observational documentary MENTAL (Original title: SEISHIN, 2008, 135 minutes, color) has been officially invited to the competition of "Wide Angle" section of Pusan International Film Festival to be held from October 2nd until 10th. It's going to be a world premiere. I will attend the festival and my screenings.

"MENTAL is a feature-length documentary that observes the complex world of an outpatient mental health clinic in Japan, interwoven with patients, doctors, staff, volunteers, and home-helpers, in cinema-verite style, without using narration, super-imposed titles, or music. The film breaks a major taboo against discussing mental illness prevalent in Japanese society, and captures the candid lives of people coping with suicidal tendencies, poverty, a sense of shame, apprehension, and fear of society.

"The film has received some grant from Asian Network of Documentary (AND) fund managed by Pusan International Film Festival. I will attend the award ceremony to be held during the festival.

"Please check our official website for more info on MENTAL, such as synopsis, director's statement, and a trailer.

"For questions and interview requests, please e-mail me at Thank you!"

Kazuhiro Soda

Friday, Oct 3 at 20:00
Monday, Oct 6 at 13:30