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DISTANCE

Japan (MIFF 2007, Hirokazu Kore-eda)

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

DISTANCE

A massacre initiated by the followers of an apocalyptic religious sect has left more than 100 people dead - including the self-appointed executioners slain by fellow cult members. Three years have passed… On the anniversary of the slaughter, four friends who lost loved ones in the tragedy seek solace at a secluded lake where it all began. After their car is stolen, nightfall holds them prisoner at the former headquarters of the sect. They encounter a man - the only survivor - who was with the executioners until the killing commenced, and their pilgrimage takes a strange and unexpected turn. “This muted drama builds into a brooding study of loss, responsibility and incomprehension… Creates the kind of unsettling atmosphere that could have come straight out of a horror film… Creepy, inspired film-making.” - BBC

D/S Hirokazu Kore-eda P Masayuki Akieda WS Wild Bunch L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2001/127mins

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