Yearly Calendar 2019
National Film Archive of Japan Calendar (April, 2019 – March, 2020)
*NFAJ will be closed on Mondays, during screening preparation, between exhibitions; Dec. 28, 2019 -Jan. 3, 2020, Mar. 9 -31, 2020.
Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU
April 23 – May 26, 2019
Kinji Fukasaku (1930-2003) directed about 60 narrative films from his directorial debut in 1961 till his death in 2003. This program follows the career of this filmmaker, who found seething energy of people in the ruins after the war, and innovated the expression of action and violence.
May 31 – June 27, 2019
Co-organizers: The Delegation of the European Union to Japan and the embassies and the cultural institutes of the EU member states in Japan
EU Film Days is a series showcasing films from the member states of the European Union (EU). Now in its 17th edition (12th to be held at NFAJ), EU Film Days brings together a wide variety of films, introducing the diversity of European society and culture to audiences in Japan.
June 29 – September 1, 2019
This program is organized as a memorial to Japanese cineastes such as directors, actors and crew, who passed away in the year 2017 – 2018.
41st Pia Film Festival
September 7 – 21, 2019
Co-organizers: PFF General Incorporated Association, Kawakita Memorial Film Institute, and UNIJAPAN
Pia Film Festival, which has been supporting young and upcoming filmmakers and introducing new talent to audiences both in Japan and overseas, now its 41st edition, holds again the “PFF Award Competition,” the biggest competition for “self-produced films (aka Jishu-Eiga)” in the world, special programs and screenings with film personalities as guest lecturers.
Films from Austria and Hungary at the 150th Anniversary of Establishing Diplomatic Relations with Japan (tentative title)
October 10 – 20, 2019
Co-organizers: Austrian Embassy Tokyo / Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo and Embassy of Hungary Tokyo
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations of Austria and Hungary with Japan, this program screens selected films of the two countries.
Film Treasures from the Library of Congress(tentative title)
October 31 – November 10, 2019
Co-organizers: Library of Congress, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Motion Picture Association
Following the programs of MoMA’s collection, Orson Welles’ films, UCLA’s collection, and the George Eastman Museum’s collection, this program is co-organized with Tokyo International Film Festival and Motion Picture Association to showcase American movies and introduce activities of film archives in the USA. This year, films from the collection of the Library of Congress will be screened.
Selection of Foreign Silent Films (tentative title)
November 12 – 17, 2019
This is an established program that shows silent films with the live music accompaniment or the oral explanation of the benshi film narrator as many silent film festivals in Europe and the USA. This year’s lineup will consist of foreign films from our collection.
Documentary Films of the Olympic Games (tentative title)
November 26 – December 22, 2019
Co-organizer: Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage
Just before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, documentary films about the Olympics will be screened. This program will not only give you pleasure of learning the history of each sport and watching famous athletes, but also be significant as a showcase of the works of important filmmakers such as Leni Riefenstahl, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Masahiro Shinoda, and Carlos Saura.
Naomi Kawase Retrospective (tentative title)
December 24 – 27, 2019, January 4 – 19, 2020
This program is a retrospective of the films of Naomi Kawase (1969- ), who got attention with her self-portrait 8mm documentary films in the beginning of the 1990s, then advanced to making 35mm narrative films and got prizes at many film festivals, and has become one of the leading figures of Japanese cinema. This is our first program that features a Japanese female director of narrative films.
Rethinking on the Documentary Films of Postwar Japan (tentative title)
January 21 – March 8, 2020
Shedding light on documentary films, this program presents the legacy of the filmmakers who enriched Japanese cinema with their acute portrayals of the Japanese society from the end of World War II to the 1990s.
As for the educational programs held at Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU, please see the following page.
May 10 – 26, 2019 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
This program shows the most popular films in our programs of 2018.
The Essential Films 2019
August 13 – 25, 2019
The films essential to film history are screened, including the works of distinguished directors and the ones popular among movie fans.
As for the educational programs held at B1 Theatre, please see the following page.
Film Class of 2019
May 8, 22, June 5, 19, July 3, October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 2019 @B1 Theatre
This program is the course for people who have recently begun studying film art, film history and film preservation. Prominent films from our collection are selected according to some themes and screened with lectures.
Kids’ Cinema: The Summer Vacation of 2019
July 26 – 27, August 2 – 3, 2019 @B1 Theatre
This is the program for children up to junior high school students. It intends to cultivate their aesthetic sensibility and image literacy through the wonder and joy of films on screen.
In Celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
October 26, 2019 @Nagase Memorial Theatre OZU
Celebrating UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (October 27), this special event provides the opportunity to learn the importance of moving image preservation.
V4 Countries Kids Film Festival
December 7, 2019 @B1 Theatre
Co-organizers: The embassies and the cultural institutions of V4 countries
Animation and other films of the Visegrad Four (V4: Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia), along with their cultures, are showcased for children in this program.
April 23 – August 25, 2019
This exhibition presents the works of Yuji Miyazaki, who has been designing calendars, books, and posters, and contributing adorable illustrations to a centennial film magazine Kinema Junpo among others.
The Discreet Charm of Film Magazines
September 7 – December 1, 2019 (Closed: September 23-30)
Film magazines have been accompanying with film history since its beginning. This exhibition will bring together film magazines of various features such as popular fan magazines, star magazines with gorgeous photos, reviews, trade magazines, and zines.
Polish Posters for Films at the 100th Anniversary of Poland-Japan Diplomatic Relations (tentative title)
December 13, 2019 – March 8, 2020 (Closed: December 28-January 3)
Co-organizer: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Poland is one of the countries known for its brilliant graphic design. This exhibition will present prestigious Polish film posters infused with striking originality.
Japanese cinema has already had a history of over one century. This exhibition surveys the history through posters, still photographs, documents, cameras, the personal items that belonged to noted film personalities and other materials from the NFAJ Collection.
*Captions in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean