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|Asian Spectrum: The Coming of Age in Asian Women Filmmaking (16)||Polemics: The Constellation of the Violence against Women (12)|
|Actress, Muse with a Movie Camera (7)||Queer Rainbow: Queer×Feminism (10)|
|Open Cinema (5)||Special Screening: Technology and Gender – Virtual Present, Actual Future (2)|
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|Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening / Promise for 10 Years (3)|
Synopsis Program Note
Machi is a high school student who continues to think about her older brother who disappeared 6 years ago. She is best friends with her classmates Tomohiko and Hotaru, and they plan a short trip to Tokyo during their final high school summer vacation. They find out that Machi\'s brother is in Tokyo, and board a train with a scant clue and anticipation in their hearts.
High school students, summer vacation, swimming pools, club activities, unrequited love, dysfunctional family relationships... TSURUOKA Keiko’s first feature film The Town of Whales seems to be a perfectly qualified Japanese teen movie. Hotaru likes Tomohiko, but Tomohiko falls in love with Machi. Machi, however, only cares about a delivered peach that is the only trace of her brother, who has disappeared. Internalizing their own different interests, Machi, Hotaru and Tomohiko set out on a trip to Tokyo. Their thoughts are vague, and no one has a clear purpose or conviction. The film deftly captures the uncertainty and fascination that youth typically possess through the characters’ ever-changing emotions and the tensions between their relationships. The peach doesn’t indicate a hope to see her brother again; rather, as Machi realizes with a sense of loss, it signals his absence and an unrecoverable loss. “Everything is gone”, moans Machi, her figure in front of the sea, in a scene that conveys a moment of loss that is a rite of passage to becoming an adult and, at the same time, evokes an image of 3.11. [HWANG Miyojo]
TSURUOKA Keiko TSURUOKA Keiko
Born in 1988 in Nagano Prefecture. Directed The Town of Whales as her graduation film under the lecture of MANDA Kunitoshi at Rikkyo University. Currently studying and making a new film under the lecture of KUROSAWA Kiyoshi in the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media, Department of Film Production Directing Course.