New York has two great festivals starting today.
While the New York Asian Film Festival continues through July 8th, JAPAN CUTS: Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema begins this afternoon with a screening of Sawako Decides at Japan Society at 6:45 PM. This will mark the North American Premiere of this delightful film written and directed by Yuya Ishii about a self described "less-than-middling" young woman who leaves Tokyo to return to run her family's freshwater clam-packing business as her father is dying of liver disease. I just finished watching a DVD screener and enjoyed the film immensely.
At 9:00 PM Confessions will be shown in its U.S. Premiere. It will also screen on Sunday, July 4th at 2:00 PM.
JAPAN CUTS, which is now in its fourth year and features some co-presentations with NYAFF, will showcase more than 20 films and will run through Friday, July 16th, 2010. There will be some special events and in some cases a director and/or actor will be present for an introduction and/or a Q&A session.
All JAPAN CUTS screenings will be held in the wonderful theater at Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), New York, NY.
Again, here's the link for the Festival Lineup and the Screening Schedule: JAPAN CUTS.