Japanese Film Festival 2019 THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, SYDNEY AND ACMI PRESENT

And Your Bird Can Sing

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With a contagious sense of abandon, three young adults’ lives become intimately entangled over the course of a long summer in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Enigmatic Sachiko (Shizuka Ishibashi) forms an ambiguous “no-drama” relationship with her slacker bookstore colleague (the film’s narrator, played by Tasuku Emoto) and meets his unemployed roommate, Shizuo (Shota Sometani).

While wasting away evenings together drinking, burning through their little cash, playing billiards and clubbing ‘til sunrise, a muted magnetism between Sachiko and Shizuo grows. Committing only to living in the moment, the trio drift around Hakodate knowing, but never mentioning, that summer will eventually end.

Atmospheric and authentic, 31-year-old director Sho Miyake’s second feature film delivers superb performances by Tasuku Emoto (Dynamite Graffiti), Shota Sometani (Himizu; Parasyte) and Shizuka Ishibashi (Tokyo Night Sky is Always the Densest Shade of Blue, JFF 2018).

2018 Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan Now
2019 Berlin International Film Festival, Forum
2019 Hong Kong International Film Festival

Thursday 28 November 5.30pm screening at The Capitol`
Saturday 23 November 5.30pm screening at Treasury Theatre