The Week of Contemporary Japanese Cinema started in Minsk yesterday. The opening of the Week was preceded by a press conference, among the participants of which were:
– Mr. Shigehiro Mimori, Charge d’Affaires of Japan in the Republic of Belarus;
– Mr. Koji Fukada, director of the film “Hospitality”;
– Sergei Chulitskiy, Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager, Japan Tobacco International ASD;
– Vasily Koktysh, General Director of Unitary Enterprise “Kinovideoprokat”
– Angelica Krashevskaya, Director of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts;
– Igor Soukmanov, Program Director of the Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”.

In his welcoming speech to the organizers, participants and viewers of the Japanese film program, Mr. Shigehiro Mimori stressed the importance of such joint Belarusian-Japanese projects in order to better understand each other’s mentality.

In support of these words, Sergey Chulitsky, Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager of Japan Tobacco International SSI, said that the company supports most projects related to Japanese culture in Belarus, and it is a great honor for JTI to show Belarusian viewers the best works of Japanese cinema for the second year in a row.

In turn, Vasily Koktysh noted that it was a revelation for him that more than 300 films are shot in Japan a year. “Of course, we cannot show everything,” comments Vasily Petrovich, “but it would be nice to bring five percent – these are two full weeks of Japanese cinema.”

The director of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Angelica Krashevskaya, explained that the Japanese program takes place in April for a reason, because spring is just beginning in our latitudes at this time. “I am pleased,” Angelica added, “that our project is becoming regular, and for the second year now we are going to the“ Central ”cinema to get acquainted with Japanese cinema. I hope that next year we will expand and add something new to the film program. ”

The author of the concept of the program, Igor Soukmanov, noted that he was proud of the fact that it was possible to put together a collection of samples of modern cinematographic art in Japan. “Believe me, in our program there is not a single pass-through work, we have before us samples of auteur cinema,“ born by the beauty of Japan. ”For example, one of the films – “Hanedzu ”- is the work of director Naomi Kawase, and we are especially pleased that we managed to get it into our program. By the way, the full list of the jury for the upcoming Cannes Film Festival was announced today, and Kawase is among them. ”

Recall that the Week of Contemporary Japanese Cinema is held in Minsk from 24 to 28 April with the support of the Embassy of Japan, the Japan Foundation, JTI, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus.

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