Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In the Realm of Oshima (opening event)

Cinema Orion, 17 Aug 2009. Inaugurating the first complete Nagisa Oshima retrospective in Finland, as a part of the Helsinki Festival, launched by James Quandt in Cinematheque Ontario, and starting its European leg in Helsinki. The event is also a part of the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Finnish-Japanese diplomatic relations. The Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Hiroshi Maruyama, honoured the occasion with his presence. Professor Jarmo Valkola made the opening presentation. He also screened his tv interview documentary
Aistien visioita: Nagisa Oshima [Visions of the Senses: Nagisa Oshima]. FI 1989. D+SC: Jarmo Valkola. Video. 30 min. - Invited by Jarmo Valkola, Nagisa Oshima visited Jyväskylä, Finland, for a week in 1989, and this tv documentary, shot with the best available video camera, was filmed then. Oshima insisted in speaking in English.
The cinema was packed.

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