Wednesday, February 04, 2009

"Mental" by Kazuhiro Soda Official Selection at Berlin Film Festival

Pusan International Film Festival
- Best Documentary Award (PIFF Mecenat Award)

Dubai International Film Festival
- Best Documentary Award (Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Award)

Official Selection:

Berlin International Film Festival (Forum)
Documentary Fortnight (MoMA)
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Cinema du Reel
Visions du Reel
Nippon Connection
Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival
Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival
Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
Jogjakarta Indonesia Documentary Film Festival

According to the WHO, 154 million people suffer from depression and
25 million from schizophrenia. More than 800,000 people die by
suicide every year.

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. 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.

Observational Film Series #2 by Kazuhiro Soda
Documentary, 135 min, HD, Color, 2008
In Japanese with English subtitles


Berlin Int. Film Festival (Forum)
Feb 5, 11:15 CinemaxX5 (press screening)
Feb 6, 18:00 Arsenal
Feb 7, 22:15 Cubix 9
Feb 9, 16:00 Delphi-Filmpalast

Documentary Fortnight, MoMA, New York
February 22 at 14:30

For a complete list of screenings, visit the MENTAL website.