One of the world‘s most prolific directors follows the tradition of Japanese cinema, characteristic for its deep humanism and contemplative rhythm of the film language. Although he‘s considered a Japanese classic, he has his own unmistakable style. His sensitive explorations of human souls are unforgettable. With every new film, audiences learn more about the Asian and especially Japanese mentality, which this outstanding filmmaker understands so well. He started his career as an assistant director of television documentaries. This is also the source of his documentary approach towards liveaction films and his work with actors, whom he often lets improvise. Nevertheless, his work is visually captivating and perfectly composed in simple, yet entrancing images. His feature debut Maborosi won over critics as well as viewers during its premiere at the Venice IFF. His next great success came with Nobody Knows, a film that earned him nominations at Cannes and awards at many other festivals worldwide. His following films, Like Father, Like Son and Our Little Sister, were nominated for a Palme d‘Or. The former won a Grand Jury Prize and a Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes IFF and both films won Audience Awards for the Best Film at the San Sebastian IFF. Kore-eda thus definitely confirmed that his work can speak to both critics and the general public. His After the Storm was also presented at Cannes IFF, in the Un Certain Regard section. Kore-eda finally transformed the Palme d‘Or nominations into victory with his fragile drama about the nature of family relationships, Shoplifters. For this year's Febiofest, Hirokazu Kore-eda selected the films for his profile himself, and he will personally introduce his latest film The Truth, which will close the festival.
Prague IFF – Febiofest presents in the Kore-eda’s profile nine films: Nobody Knows (2004), Still Walking (2008), Air Doll (2009), I Wish (2011), Like Father, Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), After the Storm (2016), Shoplifters (2018) and his last film The Truth premiered in Venise 2019.
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