A special program by Tsuchida Tamaki & Morita Norimasa
Ca’ Foscari Short Film Festival, together with Venice International University (VIU), presents the
four works by students of Japan’s prestigious Waseda University, which are selected by Tsuchida Tamaki and Morita Norimasa. Though the university has no film school in a proper and true sense, with the help of its Department of Performing and Cinematic Arts it has produced as many as one third of the 500 members who are now registered in the Japanese Association of Film Directors. The percentage of those who graduated from this university and are now working as screenwriters is even higher. Its courses are an international reference point for the cultivation of creative talent and thanks to the cooperation among teachers who belong to various departments, students are encouraged to go beyond their expertise and dedicate themselves to the projects which cross academic boundaries, creating intellectual network. This method is supported by the participation of teachers and their collaborators, including some of the most eminent names in Japanese cinema such as Koreeda Hirokazu, Nishikawa Miwa and Takahashi Hiroshi who will hold a master class during the Festival. It is noteworthy that all the four selected films are directed by female students.
STARRY NIGHT (Hoshi no machi ni te) – Hoshiai Mio
Japan, 2016, 26’
A young man and a Buddhist monk have the task of transforming the memories of the soul of the dead into stars. Facing the growing intensity of the lights of the city, the light of the stars starts to weaken.
EVERY NIGHT (Yogoto) – Miyazaki Aya
Japan, 2017, 25’
Miko, a victim of domestic abuse who leads a quiet existence inside her house, finds the strength to walk out of her room to discover the outer world. Finally, she meets a man with whom she is ready to face life.
THE NIGHT OF BAKU (Konbanwa, Mou-chan) – Hasimoto Mami
Japan, 2016, 42’
On New Year’s Eve, a man meets Baku, a Chinese monster that eats the nightmares of humans. The pair builds up a really unique bond.
THE LAST DREAM – Nakai Noemie & Kobayashi Carmen
Japan, 2016, 12’
In a near future people can not dream anymore. A corporation made a business out of it, hiring those who are still able to dream and selling them.
Special thanks to: Waseda University of Tokyo and Venice International University (VIU).