At Your Library: A Foreign Film Festival
Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 PM: Departures [Japan]
Join us for a month of viewing foreign films that have made their mark. Each of these films have won numorous awards and accolades. Please note that this program is not suitable for teens or children. Please register for each film separately. Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency. He discovers that the job is actually for a 'Nokanshi' or 'encoffineer, ' a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art, acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense depiction of mature thematic material.
Date & Time
March 24, 2018