The 10th Japanese-Serbian Film Festival (JSFF) will be held from November 8 to 12, 2023, with the theme “Lasting” and will bring the latest films from Japanese and Serbian film productions.
This edition of JSFF presents four program sections to the Belgrade audience: a selection of feature films and short films of various genres, as well as animation and Japanese dramas (Japanese TV series) that will be shown out of the competition.
The feature films will be screened at the Cineplexx Galerija Beograd cinema and the Yugoslav Film Archive, where there will also be screenings of short films and Japanese TV series (Japanese dramas), as well as several master classes and panel discussions (Yugoslav Film Archive, Uzun Mirkova 1 and the Yugoslav Film Archive Museum, Kosovska 11).
The festival will open on November 8, 2023 at 8:00 pm at the Cineplexx Galerija Cinema with the film “Mom, is that you?!” by the famous Japanese director Yoji Yamada.
This year’s JSFF‘s main guest, British director Peter Webber, will give a workshop on Thursday, November 9 at 2:00 pm in the Faculty of Dramatic Arts (FDU).
Celebrity Casting Director Lucy Lenox will also host a lecture and conversation for FDU students on Friday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. This will be followed by a cocktail reception and conference titled “Meet-up The Actors Home” at the Ethnographic Museum.
The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the Japanese anime masterpiece Akira, which will premiere at Cineplexx Galerija on Thursday, November 9 at 8 pm, preceded by the screening of one of the festival’s most beloved films Anshul Chauhan’s “December,” starting at 6:00 p.m. For younger audiences, we highlight Hayao Miyazaki’s feature debut, “Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro,” on November 12 at 5:00 p.m. At the same time, Yugoslav Film Archive will also screen a dozen more equally engaging animated short films. The Film Archive will be showing on November 10th at 8:00 pm popular titles including: “Monolith, Departure, My Father’s Damn Camera, Shape of The Elephant,”…
To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Ozu Yasujirō, the Japan Film Festival will also screen the Japanese classic “Tokyo Story,” chosen by long-time Berlinale director Dieter Koslick. Before the screening, viewers can participate in a discussion about Ozu’s work moderated by Dejan Dabić, Igor M. Toholj and Saša Radojević.
Serbian and Japanese short films selection at the Yugoslav Film Archive include: “Pera does not know when his wife gave birth, let alone a hippo,” directed by Teodora Arsić, “Tenjisan Textiles,” directed by Michael Lyons, “Third wheel,” by Kevin Haefelin, “Gift,” directed by Yuichiro Nakada, “August 2nd,” by Nađa Petrović and many others.
Starting on November 9, digital artist Vesna Filipović will present an exhibition titled MOTOKO in the atrium of the Yugoslav Film Archive, alongside a variety of film and educational content.
The jury, consisting of Monika Romić (actress), Peter Webber (director), Ognjen Petković (director) and Masakazu Kaneko (director), will select the best Serbian and Japanese films, while the awards for short films will be decided by Maša Šarović (director), Igor Stanojević (director), Takeshi Sone (director) and Florian Hohr (Nippon Connection).
The entire program of the festival, as well as the schedule of screenings, can be found on the JSFF website – jsffest.com