A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome
dir. Shunji Iwai
Japan 2016, 179’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Awards and festivals
Faro Island FF 2016 - FIPRESCI Prize, Grand Jury Prize Asian Film Awards 2017 - Nominee for Best Actress Award, Best Production Designer Award Awards of the Japanese Academy 2017 - Nominee for Best Actress Award Seattle IFF 2016 Shanghai IFF 2016 New York Asian FF 2016 Tokyo IFF 2015 IFF Rotterdam 2017 Nippon Connection FF 2017
Credits
Japan 2016
Duration: 179’
director: Shunji Iwai
screenplay: Shunji Iwai
cinematography: Chigi Kanbe
editing: Shunji Iwai
music: Mako Kuwabara
cast: Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Go Ayano, Go Jibiki, Hideko Hara, Soko Wada, Tomoko Mariya, Akio Kaneda, Ririi
producer: Shunji Iwai, Tomoyuki Miyagawa, Masashi Mizuno, Muneyuki Kii
production: Rockwell Eyes, Nippon Eiga Special Channel, Toei Co., Pony Canyon, Hikari TV, Kinoshita Group, BS Fuji TV, Papado Music Publishers
language: Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

Nanami is an introvert teacher who publishes her diary online under a pseudonym. One of the things she writes about is her upcoming wedding. She does not have many people she can invite, so the groom's family forces her to hire extras to play the wedding guests. A meeting with a charming stranger managing the special acting crew will mark the beginning of a completely unexpected turn in her life – the new acquaintances will lead Nanami to places where her perfectly composed fiction can overcome the mundane reality.

Iwai, known for his ability to combine melancholic poetics with manga-style expressiveness, leads his protagonist through the urban wonderland, where appearances are deceptive, and other travelers are not who they seem to be. Nanami is not unlike Bulgakov’s Margarita, even though on her way she meets not a Master, but a Mistress. The woman will have to face her many fears, and the director’s imagination will set the bar pretty high. An epic, layered, extravagantly told story about loneliness and independence, completed with a lyrical soundtrack and atmospheric cinematography.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Shunji Iwai

Born in 1963, graduate of Yokohama National University. The audiences’ favorite and one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation, renown for his unique visual style and avaunt-guard narration. Apart from directing, he is also working as a producer, composer, and screenwriter. "A Bride for Rip van Winkle" was based on one of his own novels.

Selected filmography:

1995 Love Letter

1996 Picnic

1998 Shigatsu monogatari / April Story

2001 Wszystko o Lily Chou-Chou / Riri Shushu no subete / All About Lily Chou-Chou

2004 Hana to Arisu / Hana and Alice

2012 Vampire

2015 Hana to Arisu Satsujin Jiken / Hana to Arisu Satsujin Jiken

2016 Żona dla Rip Van Winkle / Rippu Van Winkuru no hanayome / A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

2018 Ni hao, Zhihua

2020 Rasuto leta / Last Letter

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