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The Lines That Define Me

In the organizer's words:

線は、僕を描く Sen wa, boku o egaku

Director: KOIZUMI Norihiro
2022, 106 minutes, OmeU, DCP

Student Aoyama Sôsuke has lost his parents in a tragic accident and suffers greatly from the loss. At an exhibition, he meets the ink painter Shinoda Kozan, who invites him to become his student. With empathy, the master introduces the young man to the art of ink painting(suibokuga). This encounter gives Sôsuke a chance to overcome his grief, to gently find a new path and to express his sorrow through the experience of beauty.

He is soon captivated by the allure of ink painting, which is brought to life by the rhythm of the brushstrokes and the application of the ink. More than a mere form of art, it combines different disciplines and has the power to give Sôsuke a new will to live.

Film Week
JFF - Japanese Film Festival

In recent years, the Japan Foundation Tokyo has launched several film festivals, which have been offered both as streaming programs and in the form of in-person screenings. Due to their great success, there will be a new edition this year: the JFF - Japanese Film Festival Special World Tour 2024 will present a selection of seven new Japanese films made in the past three years on screens in Germany, Mexico, Peru and Spain. In Germany, all films will be screened at the Japanese Cultural Institute Cologne, while a selection of individual titles will be shown in Hamburg (Kino Metropolis) and Berlin (Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum).

Yoshida Keisuke, who directed BLUE/Burû (BLUE) and Kûhaku (Intolerance), will come to Germany especially for the festival, attend the screenings and hold discussions with the audience. A talk with Florian Höhr from Nippon Connection will take place in Cologne on March 8.

The films present the broad spectrum of current Japanese cinema, including moving dramas, a romantic comedy, mystery, suspense and horror. In Cologne, fans will get their money's worth almost every day, as the screenings will also take place outside the usual weekdays for the first time.

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Price information:

Admission free


Japanisches Kulturinstitut Köln Universitätsstraße 98 50674 Köln

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