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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.
Mikami is getting out of prison after a long sentence. The guards are relieved to see him go – the tough guy with clever eyes had to be quite a nuisance. The man is determined to leave the path of crime behind him and never find himself behind bars again. Instead of looking for the support of his mobster friends, he starts making connections to regular people. But his tumultuous biography and difficult past are inscribed deep under his skin, way deeper than the ink of the tattoos, proudly displayed by members of the yakuza. Finding his place in the modern Japanese society, which he has to learn to understand all over again, can prove to be quite a challenge.
The writer and director, hailed as the continuator of the humanist traditions of Japanese cinema represented by Ozu and Koreeda, returns to the festival with her latest film, which premiered at this year's Toronto IFF. The director draws the protagonist's rough biography with warmth and attentiveness, showing his break-through moments and the small, everyday events filling the new leaf of his life. The director creates a nuanced story about the search for dignity, various definitions of honor, and the emotions that were kept secret for many years.
The protagonist is played by Koji Yasuko, an icon of Japanese cinema, famous for his roles in films by Takashi Miike and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, as well as in "Tampopo" and "The Blood of Wolves" shown at Five Flavours. Known for playing tough guys, gangsters and samurais, this time, the actor reveals his protagonist's sensitive side, creating an extremely nuanced portrait of a man on the crossroads, making peace with his past, stumbling on the road towards a better future.
Born in 1977. Director, screenwriter, producer. Studied literature at the Waseda University, started her film career as the assistant of Hirokazu Koreeda, who produced her debut, "Wild Berries." The film received awards at the Yokohama Festival, Mainichi Film Concours and the Japanese Professional Movie Award. Her following, award-winning productions were also well-received. "Sway" (2006) was presented in the Cannes Directors' Fortnight section, its script received the literary Yomiuri award and soon came out as a novel. Nishikawa also published a set of short stories "Kino no kamisama" and a novel "Nagai iwake."
2003 Hebi ichigo / Wild Berries
2005 Fiimeiru / Female (nowela "Megami no kakato")
2006 Kołysanie / Yureru / Sway
2006 Yume ju-ya / Ten Nights of Dreams (nowela "The Ninth Dream")
2009 Drogi doktorze / Dia dokuta / Dear Doctor (2009)
2012 Marzenia na sprzedaż / Yume uru futari / Dreams for Sale
2016 Długie przeprosiny / Nagai iiwake / The Long Excuse
2020 Pod otwartym niebiem / Subarashiki sekai / Under the Open Sky