|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
Satoru and Megumi, 5 years old, have survived a serious bus accident. Visiting the site of the accident for a memorial service, Satoru finds a ventriloquist’s doll named Jacqueline. The original owner of Jacqueline, Ikkokudo, offers the doll to Satoru. The little boy starts to practice ventriloquism in the children’s home where he now lives. This brings back for the first time, since his parents’ death, a smile to his face. 13 years have passed. One day, Satoru learns from Megumi that the head of his former children’s home, Sumiko, is in had health. For her, Satoru decides to perform his ventriloquist act with Jacqueline at the home’s “King of Comedy Festival”.
Dolls are usually for children. Jacqueline is a doll. It’s generally not well received when a grown man always carries a doll with him, even if that man
is a gorgeous young actor like SOMETANI Shota. Yet, he who lived with Jacqueline since childhood, opens up to Jacqueline, and interacts with other
people through Jacqueline, is warmly welcomed by everyone. A heart-warming fairy tale for grownups about communication. [LEE Angela]
OOKU Akiko OOKU Akiko
Born in 1968 in Yokohama. While studying in the Film School of Tokyo in 1997, she learned filmmaking from such spirited directors as Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shunji Aoyama. While still a student, she made her first movie, Igaito Shinanai. She wrote and directed Tokyo Serendipity in 2007. In 2012, she directed Tokyo Nameless Girl’s Story, as well as the horror TV series Tales of Terror. Her most recent work is the 2013 movie Monster.