My Sweet Grappa Remedies
Press Play to start
At the 16th edition of Five Flavors, as last year, there is a system of booking seats at cinema screenings for accreditation and pass holders. It is important to us that we take care not to overcrowd the rooms and avoid queues at the entrance.
Only a reservation guarantees you a seat at a screening!
The reservation system is very simple and is based on similar principles as buying tickets for individual screenings - just login to your account, visit the page of the selected film and click "book". Detailed information can be found below.
Please make reservations only for the screenings you wish to attend. Reservations can be cancelled, even at the last minute - please remember this and always cancel your reservation if you cancel your screening - this will allow other viewers to use the available space.
Reservations will be possible from Tuesday, 15 November from 12:00 p.m. for all the festival's films.
Reservation of seats
for pass and accreditation holders
Tuesday, November 15, 12:00 pm
If you decide to attend a screening at the last minute or for any other reason you do not book in advance, and there are seats available in the auditorium, your booking will be made "automatically" at the entrance to the auditorium after scanning your pass.
For most of the screenings there will be free seats before the show itself. However, please pay special attention to the screenings of Edward Yang's works and the screenings of those films that we only show in the cinema - we expect the highest attendance at these screenings.
This year, you will also be able to use an electronic pass by presenting it to ticket takers on your phone screen.
Yoshiko likes the simple things in life – she rides her bike, goes shopping, and observes the world around her. She works in a corporation, and in the evenings she likes to sit and sip Italian grappa. But Yoshiko begins to notice a sort of emptiness in her routine. She is single and forty – Japanese society views her as a loner who doesn’t contribute to the collective social organism. But her isolation will be broken by a friend and a relationship with a much younger work colleague.
A distinctive feature of Akiko Ohku’s work is her fondness for the world of office ladies, women employed in huge corporations as semi-glorified paper pushers. The director depicts the oppressive, patriarchal dynamics of the Japanese society in a subtle way. In the foreground of My Sweet Grappa Remedies is the energy of sisterhood – Ohku’s protagonists are usually women in their 30s who choose their own path in spite of society’s pressure to give up work and start a family. They show us their foibles, their bizarre habits and their choices, which often defy rigid social expectations. The result is a rich and colorful depiction of their everyday lives. Ohku’s movies are full of a unique kind of cringe and boundless eccentricity, but also deep empathy, especially striking against the background of corporate coldness. In interviews, Ohku says this is her way of drawing self-portraits; through her protagonists’ neurotic behaviors, she underscores her independence in the world and the movie industry. She achieves something incredibly rare in Japanese cinema – a balance between breezy narration, in-depth scrutiny and feminist engagement.
Japanese film director, born in 1968 in Yokohama. She studied political sciences at Meiji University, but soon decided to switch to studying film at Eigabi School. Her movies often depict neurotic women in their 30s and the realities of huge corporations. She achieved her breakthrough in 2017 with Tremble All You Want, shown at many international festivals.
1999 Igaito Shinanai
2007 Koisuru Madori
2013 Tadaima, Jacqueline
2015 Fantastic Girls
2017 Drżyj, ile chcesz / Tremble All You Want / Katteni furuetero
2019 Moje słodkie trunki / My Sweet Grappa Remedies / Amai osake de ugai
2020 Hold Me Back / Watashi wo kuitomete