OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018
DIRECTOR : Akiko Sugimoto
COUNTRY : Japan
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 66min
Nu Metro 4, 16 Oct @ 12.30pm | Nu Metro 2, 12 Oct @ 10am
85 years old and never married, Shizu has spent the past 3 decades living in one “Danchi” – the Japanese word for public housing – and filling it with the lifetime of souvenirs that have always kept her company. When the danchi is scheduled for demolition, Shizu and neighbors must say goodbye to their homes, and move into newer danchi that are too small to hold all of Shizu’s momentos.This intimate documentary captures Shizu’s sense of humor, and profound nostalgia, as she sorts through relics of her past, and chooses which memories she must fit into her new home, and which ones she can let go of.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in 1979 in Tokyo. After graduating from university, SUGIMOTO worked for a television production company. After working in various industries outside the visual industry for several years, she studied scriptwriting. Since 2008, SUGIMOTO has visited Seaside Road Danchi apartment complex in Yokohama and completed her own independent film, “Seaside Road Danchi Story” in 2009. The film was screened at the “CREAM International Festival for Arts and Media Yokohama” and independently mainly in Yokohama. SUGIMOTO is interested in recording and presenting some of the “lives” of people in “housing complexes” in Japan and the world.