Monday, June 25, 2007

Gilles Poitras to Introduce Millennium Actress

As we mentioned earlier, Gilles Poitras will be introducing an amazing film, Millennium Actress, at the San Francisco Public Library on Sunday, July 1. Here's some more info!

Location: Main Library Koret Auditorium
Address: 100 Larkin St. (at Grove)
Library Sponsored Public Program
Time: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Featuring: Millennium Actress (2001; In Japanese with subtitles.) - Director Satoshi Kon has paid a wondrous homage to Japanese films in the form of an interview gone unusual. In this film, a documentary filmmaker visits a famous actress who retired at the height of her career. As they speak, they, and the cameraman, are transported back to the early 1930s when she started her career, to the movies she played roles in and the events Japan went through during the years of the war and the peace that followed it. Kon is very much an auteur whose movies not only reflect his vision of storytelling but delight and at times, confuse the audience. However, the confusion is intentional on the part of the director and is very enjoyable to the viewer. There will be an introduction by Gilles Poitras, a writer specializing in Japanese animation, who will cover some of the Japanese cultural elements in the film. Afterwards, there will be a question and answer session. Cosponsored by the International Center.

1:00-1:30 p.m. - Introduction
1:30-3:00 p.m. - Film Screening
3:00-4:30 p.m. - Q & A Session