Bunkamura’s Le Cinema (2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; www.bunkamura.co.jp) will pay tribute to one of the most acclaimed eras of cinema with the special program Lovers of the French New Wave, running July 4-31. The 21 films in the lineup will all be shown in 35mm, and include Francois Truffaut’s Love on the Run (1979; pictured) about a man’s struggles with his wife’s infidelity, Godard’s Masculin Féminin (1966) and Louis Malle’s Zazie in the Metro (1960), in which a young girl causes havoc in the streets of Paris after running away from her transvestite uncle. All titles in French with Japanese subtitles.
The Oscar-nominated Swedish film Force Majeure (aka Turist) finally gets a Japan release on July 4 at Human Trust Cinema Yurakucho (2-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku; www.ht-cinema.com). The film raises questions of masculinity and patriarchal duty as it follows a Swedish family visiting the French Alps when an avalanche hits.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2011, returns with his follow up, Winter Sleep. It tells the story of a failed actor running a small hotel near the World Heritage site of the homes carved into rock cliffs at Cappadocia. On from June 27 at Shinjuku Musashinokan (3-27-10 Shinjuku; http://shinjuku.musashino-k.jp).