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Cannes competition kicks off with Japan's "Umimachi Diary"

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:03

The Cannes Film Festival gets underway with the premiere of the first of 19 films to compete for the Palme d'Or; Hirokazu Kore-eda's ''Umimachi Diary'' (Our Little Sister). Joel Flynn reports.

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If the adrenaline was running in Cannes following the premiere of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, festival-goers didn't have to wait long for an antidote. Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Umimachi Diary" - our "Our Little Sister" - is a slow, poetic look on time passing in Japan. In it, echoes the work of the late Yasujiro Ozu, according to the film's director. SOUNDBITE: Director, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, saying (Japanese): "To be honest that's not just true of this film. Every time I've bought a movie to the West, and Europe especially, it's often been compared to Ozu's work, suggesting in some way I might be the grandson of Yasujiro Ozu. It's really a lovely compliment." "Umimachi Diary" follows three sisters living in the old city of Kamakura, who travel for the funeral of their estranged father and invite their younger half sister to live with them. Some have praised the aesthetic and pace of the drawn-out narrative. Kore-eda's previous film, "Like Father, Like Son", was warmly received at Cannes two years ago - winning the Jury Prize. "Umimachi Diary" is the first official film of the competition.

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Cannes competition kicks off with Japan's "Umimachi Diary"

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 01:03