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Love Life

Venezia 79 Competition

Director:
Kôji Fukada
Production:
Nagoya Broadcasting Network (Yasuhiko Hattori), Comme Des Cinemas (Masa Sawada), Chipangu (Yoshito Oyama)
Running Time:
123’
Language:
Japanese, Korean, Sign language
Country:
Japan, France
Main Cast:
Fumino Kimura, Kento Nagayama, Tetta Shimada, Atom Sunada, Hirona Yamazaki, Misuzu Kanno, Tomorowo Taguchi
Screenplay:
Kôji Fukada
Cinematographer:
Hideo Yamamoto
Editor:
Sylvie Lager, Kôji Fukada
Production Designer:
Masaki Owa
Costume Designer:
Hanaka Kikuchi
Music:
Olivier Goinard
Sound:
Manabu Kagara, Nicolas Moreau, Romain Cadilhac, Charles Valentin
Visual Effects:
Frédéric Tribolet

Synopsis

Taeko and her husband Jiro are living a peaceful existence with her young son Keita, when a tragic accident brings the boy’s long-lost father, Park, back into her life.
To cope with the pain and guilt, Taeko throws herself into helping this deaf and homeless man.

Director’s Statement

When I make a film, I try to imagine how universal it can be. Therefore the main theme of Love Life is not the sadness of a couple who has lost a child, but the loneliness they feel due to their inability to share this pain. Sadness is unique to each person, while loneliness is inherent to mankind. I’ve been thinking about this film for fifteen years, with the singer Akiko Yano’s voice going round in my head: “No matter how far apart we are, I will always love you.” Like the isolation each half of the couple feels faced with their tragedy. This song that expresses both love and deep loneliness ended up so entwined with Love Life that I think it is actually the origin of the film.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Yasuhiko Hattori – NAGOYA BROADCASTING NETWORK
2-10-1 Tachibana Naka-ku, Nagoya-city, Aichi
460-0016 – Nagoya, Japan
Tel. +81 0523227118
hattori@nbn.co.jp

PRODUCTION 2: Masa Sawada – COMME DES CINEMAS
10, villa Laugier
75017 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 0685660034
masa@commedescinemas.com

PRODUCTION 3: Yoshito Oyama – CHIPANGU
3-19-7 Toranomon Minato-ku
105-0001 – Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81 8047258783
yoshito.oyama@chipangu.co.jp

WORLD SALES: Fionnuala Jamison – MK2 FILMS
55 rue Traversière
75012 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 0144673030
intlsales@mk2.com

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Stefano Finesi – Teodora Film Distribuzione
Via Flaminia 61
00196 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 0687979000
stefano.finesi@teodorafilm.com

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini – claudiatomassini associates - International Film Publicity
Saarbrücker Str. 24
10405 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 3044340606
Mob. +49 1732055794
press@claudiatomassini.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Stefano Finesi – Teodora Film Distribuzione
Via Flaminia 61
00196 – Roma, Italia
Mob. +39 3334482025
stefanofinesi.press@gmail.com


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