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24 October 2019 - 25 Tishri 5780 - כ"ה תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Aki-No Festival brings Japanese cinema to Israel E-mail

The Aki-No Festival for Japanese Cinema has returned for a third year, and is running until 3 November at cinematheques in Holon, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Sderot and Herzliya.

It features the best of contemporary Japanese cinema, which is currently in the midst of a renaissance, as Japanese films from every genre generate buzz and win awards at international festivals. This year’s event features nine films, some of which have been shown at the Cannes, Venice and Toronto film festivals.

The festival’s director is Alon Rosenblum, the director of the Holon Cinematheque, and the artistic director and curator is Roni Mahadav-Levin, manager of the Jerusalem Cinematheque. The festival is supported by the Embassy of Japan in Israel and the Japan Foundation.

The opening-night film on 22 October was Eric Khoo’s Ramen Shop, which tells the story of a young ramen chef who leaves Japan to explore his family’s history and the culinary delights of Singapore. When he meets his estranged grandmother, she tells him some stories and memories from the Japanese occupation of Singapore.

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