North America’s largest festival of new Japanese film returns for its 10th year. Japan Society’s Japan Cuts features screenings and in-person appearances by some of the country’s greatest filmmakers. Amongst this year’s highlights is the work of Love Exposure director Sion Sono, who will see two films premiering at the festival. A reflexive documentary will also screen, The Sion Sono. From Japan Cuts:
Directed by Arata Oshima, son of rebel filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, who had praised Sono’s early work before his passing, this documentary gives insight into the man, the poet, the painter, the scriptwriter, the husband and the boy who will eventually grow up to be the Sion Sono. Lineage, history and the past meeting the present are themes in this film in which Oshima connects the dots in Sono’s creative life by taking the camera to the site of his upbringing and following the production of his most recent film The Whispering Star, also screening at this year’s Japan Cuts.
Here are several other fascinating documentaries about filmmakers, featuring the filmmakers themselves, discussing their lives and careers.