Nippon Year Zero: Japanese Experimental Film from the 1960s-1970s Tuesday 23 November 2010, 20h London Bethnal Green Working Men's Club 44-46 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB
Close-Up and Zipanguhave collaborated for the 1st annual Zipangu Fest to put together a programme of Japanese independent and experimental cinema from the 1960s. This special event includes films never before screened in the UK and offers an engaging insight into a decade that was defined by political ferment and avant-garde activity in all sectors of its art world.
The programme invites its audience to an introduction to Japanese experimental filmmaking through the eyes of three landmark figures in the independent art scene. The chosen filmmakers, Donald Richie, Motoharu Jonouchi and Masanori Oe, all capture the zeigeist they were intrinsically a part of, yet articulate themselves in ways that range from the poetic to the abrasive, often mixing the two expressions.