Cinema goers will be able to experience Japan through the big screen next week as the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns to Depot.

This is the second time that Depot has hosted the programme, with this year’s theme focusing on love in all its forms. The selection of five contemporary Japanese films aims to provide insights into a wider context of love in Japanese society. The works embrace other complicated emotions around love, providing a comprehensive picture of Japanese relationships, ranging from conventional love stories and the devastation felt when love is lost, to familial devotion and LGBT love.

Depot director Carmen Slijpen said: “We’re excited about bringing this stimulating and inspiring programme to Lewes. It’s a chance to see some of the finest in Japanese cinema – which audiences outside of the big cities rarely get.”

The season includes Born Bone Born, directed by Toshiyuki Teruya; a tender mediation on love, family and coming to terms with grief, which also give the opportunity to learn about the rare custom of bone washing.

Guest speakers will introduce some of the films, including Kenta Kato and Saori Miyaji, current MA students in Film Studies at the University of Sussex.

People Still Call It Love: Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema is at Depot on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from 18 – 4 March.

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