Friday July 5 – The Shoplifters (2018 – 121 minutes. English subtitles)
The Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed, written and edited by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Starring Lily Franky and Sakura Ando, it is about a non-biological family that relies on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty.
In Tokyo, a group lives in poverty: Osamu, a day labourer forced to leave his job after twisting his ankle; his wife Nobuyo, who works for an industrial laundry service; Aki, who works at a hostess club; Shota, a young boy; and Hatsue, an elderly woman who owns the home and supports the group with her deceased husband’s pension.
The film premiered on May 13, 2018, at the Cannes Film Festival, where it went on to win the Palme d’Or. The film was released in Japan on 8 June 2018 and was a critical and commercial success. Shoplifters won three Mainichi Film Awards, including Best Film, and the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Feature Film, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Showing at Rye Community Centre, Conduit Hill, Rye (7pm start, doors open at 6:30pm, £5 ticket, licensed bar)
See you there!
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