With our opening night just days away, we are very excited for all of the attention NATION has received. Starting this Friday 20th and running through Sunday 22nd at the Barbican, Close-Up and MetFilm School, this year we examine national identity, cultural memory and perceptions of history in Japan with a programme of five feature-length films paired with seven short-form pieces, a panel discussion and a free filmmakers’ workshop.

Friday 20th September 2019
Barbican Cinema 3 – Opening night screening 18:00:
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters by Paul Schrader, 1985 + Patriotism (Yūkoku) by Yukio Mishima, 1966.
With intro by Damian Flanagan.

Saturday 21st September
Close-Up Cinema – 20:30 screening:
Fighting Elegy (Kenka erejii) by Seijun Suzuki, 1966 +
Bright Beyond Bearing by Monika Uchiyama, 2017 +
How Can You Know Where to Go If You Do Not Know Where You Have Been by Mizuki Toriya, 2017 +
Chiyo by Chiemi Shimada, 2019.
With intro by Jasper Sharp.

Sunday 22nd September
Barbican Cinema 3 – Closing night screening 18:00 – 20:30:
Death by Hanging (Kōshikei) by Nagisa Oshima, 1968 +
The Educational System of an Empire by Hikaru Fujii, 2016.
With intro by Dr. Isolde Standish.

More info on the Official Website

On paper I am an Italian living in London, in reality I was born and bread in a popcorn bucket. I've loved cinema since I was a little child and I’ve always had a passion and interest for Asian (especially Japanese) pop culture, food and traditions, but on the cinema side, my big, first love is Hong Kong Cinema. Then - by a sort of osmosis - I have expanded my love and appreciation to the cinematography of other Asian countries. I like action, heroic bloodshed, wu-xia, Shaw Bros (even if it’s not my specialty), Anime, and also more auteur-ish movies. Anything that is good, really, but I am allergic to rom-com (unless it’s a HK rom-com, possibly featuring Andy Lau in his 20s)"