MIDNIGHT SWAN ミッドナイトスワン
Sat 14 May | 19:10–20:00 | Studio/K SK4 following the screening of Midnight Swan at 16:50
Panel discussion — CinemAsia x Studio/K x TranScreen : The Trap Door of Representation
Awarded Best Picture and Best Actor at the 44th Japan Academy Film Prize, Midnight Swan centers around Nagisa, a transgender nightclub performer in Tokyo. One day, she is abruptly asked to take in her young niece Ichika, who has been neglected by her mother. Living with Ichika proves uneasy at first, but when Ichika joins a trial lesson at a ballet studio, she astonishes the teacher and Nagisa with her talent. Realizing Ichika’s potential, Nagisa helps Ichika pursue her dreams and passions, and a familial bond between them begins to grow.
Content warning: contains scenes of sexual violence, suicide, and gender dysphoria.
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Misaki Hattori, Asami Mizukawa, Tomorowo Taguchi
Director: Eiji Uchida, 1971, Brazil
Films: Grateful Dead (2014), Lowlife Love (2015), Love for Sale (2017), The Naked Director (Netflix series 2019)
Awards: Udine – Golden Mulberry; Japan Academy Film Prize – Best Picture, Best Actor