Japan Foundation, PVR Cinemas launch Japanese Film Festival in India 2019-20

MUMBAI: Japan Foundation, New Delhi has announced the beginning of the third edition of its Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in India, in partnership with PVR Cinemas at PVR Home, the members-only social and live entertainment club by PVR. Celebrating Japanese culture in India, the Festival this year will make a multi-city tour owing to the increasing demand for international films.

The six-month-long film festival will be launched in the capital on 27th September at PVR Select Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi. As part of the festival, 25 Japanese films will be screened across seven cities at select PVR Cinemas.

At the ceremony; the Japan Foundation in collaboration with PVR Cinemas unveiled the Festival’s line-up; featuring a list of Japanese films. The Festival will showcase films from various genres like romance, drama, comedy, etc. from contemporary Japanese cinema, including feature, award-winning and anime films.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Japan Embassy Kenji Hiramatsu said, “I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Japan Foundation and all the people, both in India and Japan, who made the holding of this excellent event possible this year. From the films which the Japan Foundation has brought to you this year, you will discover what Japanese people laugh at, what they are moved by, and what they like, etc. I hope that, through these interesting stories, you will feel closer to Japan and the Japanese people. I am sure this film festival will help further consolidate the friendship between the people of our two countries.”

Japan Foundation New Delhi DG Kaoru Miyamoto said, “We are extremely happy to organise the third edition of the Japanese Film Festival. The success of the last two editions of the Festival and the overwhelming response of the Indian audience towards embracing Japanese culture have prompted us to expand our target cities. Therefore, we have closely focused on audience demand in selecting the films and have aimed at offering a wide range of quality content.”

The Opening Film for the Festival’s Delhi-Gurugram stage will be the animation film from director Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Weathering with You’. The film which is due to release in Indian cinemas on 11th October will have its gala India Premiere at the Japanese Film Festival 2019-20. The director Makoto Shinkai will be attending the Opening Night. The Festival will host several titles like ‘Dance with Me’, ‘Lu over the Wall’, ‘Shoplifters’, ‘Your Name’ and ‘Perfect World’. A handpicked selection of 25 films with English subtitles will be screened during the Festival across select PVR Cinemas to offer Indian audience a sense of Japanese culture, art, and experiences.

Miyamoto added, “Looking at the growing appetite for Japanese content in India, we aim to strengthen content collaboration between Indian and Japanese film industries through this platform. We are grateful to our partners, PVR Cinemas and through this partnership, we aim to engage with a wider set of audience and enable cinema lovers to come together and witness internationally acclaimed content.”

PVR joint MD Sanjeev Kumar Bijli said, “We are very excited to collaborate with the Japanese Foundation for the third consecutive year for the film festival. The positivity from cinema lovers and response from the past two editions cemented our decision to go grander this year. We will screen a range of exclusive Japanese films during this festival across cities. PVR Cinemas have always endeavored in introducing unique experiences through quality content and enhanced experience at the theatres. International film festivals in addition to offering movie aficionados enjoy quality content enables cultural exchange and strengthens international relationships.”

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