AMN X Focus/Filmhuis Cavia: The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)
In this month’s collaboration with Focus Filmtheatre Arnhem and Filmhuis Cavia Amsterdam, we are presenting a film out of Yasujiro Ozu’s oeuvre that rarely gets the credit it deserves. One of the more nuanced works found in his filmography, The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) is a film about Taeko and Mokichi, a married couple who have begun questioning whether their differences, both of personality and class upbringing, are perhaps overshadowing the feelings that got them together in the first place. A visit of Taeko’s niece Setsuko ends up bringing their conflict to the surface.
Join us for this classic tale out of Japan’s Post War era in a gorgeous 4K restoration provided by the production company Shochiku, in collaboration with The Japan Foundation.
After the screening in Arnhem on the 18th May, there will be an after talk with guest speaker Miyuki Okuyama, an Arnhem-based Japanese artist and photographer, to discuss on the storytelling style and cinematography of the Japanese film master Ozu in relation to the reading of family dynamics in Japanese context at that time.
PROGRAM of FOCUS 19:00 Short introduction 19:10 Screening starts 21:10 After talk 21:40 End of event
ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER Miyuki Okuyama is originally from northeast Japan and now working in the Netherlands. She works on documentary & art photography and designs her own photo-books. Her works have been exhibited internationally, including Salon der Künstler (Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany, 2022), Singapore International Photo Festival (2020-2021), Museum Arnhem (The Netherlands, 2020), “Reimagining War” (Tokyo, Kyoto, 2020) and Cortona On The Move (Photo Festival in Italy, 2017). She won Fotografia Europea Book Award (Italy, 2022), Swiss Photo Three Award (2019, Lugano) and Cortona on the Move Dummy Award (2016). Her documentary works were the 2nd winner of Best Portfolio Breda Photo Festival (2018) and shortlisted for “Unyielding Gaze: Journalistic Portraits” (Kuala Lumpur, 2019) etc. Okuyama also contributed her photos with own texts to The Akahata, a Japanese newspaper (2021) and Yahoo! Japan News (2020).