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YATABE Yoshihiko
Senior Programmer, Tokyo International Film Festival
Born in Paris, France. While working on film distribution and advertising, Yatabe was producing documentary films and managing the Festival du Film Français au Japon from 2000. Joined TIFF in 2002 and served as Programming Director between 2007 and 2019. Since 2020, he has been involved in the selection of films for TIFF as a Senior Programmer.

Cinema Must Go On – The Ray of Hope Linking the Film Festivals of Every Country in the Calamity of COVID-19

The International Berlin Film Festival was boisterously festive with the induction of a new festival director and the establishment of a new category. When the curtain closed on the festival on March 1st, participants who were about to return home certainly did not think in the slightest it might be the last film festival of the year they would visit. Since March, film festivals in every country were faced with decisions of various types: cancelation, postponement, or switching to online among others; each expecting to come back stronger than ever. Under this state of affairs, the Sundance Film Festival set in motion the online film festival, We Are One: A Global Film Festival (*1) which brought together international film festivals from 21 countries around the world. In the sense film festivals jointly carried out a single screening event, We Are One was unprecedented and at the same time made apparent the shared sense of crisis among each festival that cinema would stop all together if they did not show films. Similarly, the most influential film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, though forced to enact a pragmatic cancellation, still announced this year's selected films which was a manifestation of this sense of danger the global film cycle would be come to a standstill upon their own cancellation. That very Cannes Film Festival embracing the films of Kawase Naomi, Fukada Koji and Miyazaki Goro among the group of works they have placed hope as a driving force for global cinema must surely be a ray of hope shining onto this difficult period. Ms. Kawase Naomi, a Cannes Film Festival favorite; new star Mr. Fukuda Koji; and representing Japanese animation, Mr. Miyazaki Goro – the films (*2) of these three richly diverse directors will likely be etched deeply into history from a perspective incomparable to past films screened at Cannes.

*1 The Tokyo International Film Festival program selected for the We Are One: A Global Film Festival a short animation by Yuasa Masaaki, a focus on Fukada Koji and the feature-length films "Tremble All You Want" and "Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops."

*2 Cannes Film Festival 2020 Official Selections were Kawase Naomi's "True Mothers", Fukada Koji's "The Real Thing", and Miyazaki Goro's "Earwig and the Witch".

Titles directed by KAWASE Naomi

TRUE MOTHERS

TRUE MOTHERS (2020)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
NAGASAKU Hiromi, IURA Arata, MAKITA Aju, ASADA Miyoko
Vision

Vision (2018)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
Juliette BINOCHE, NAGASE Masatoshi, IWATA Takanori
RADIANCE

RADIANCE (2017)

  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
NAGASE Masatoshi, MISAKI Ayame, KANNO Misuzu, FUJI Tatsuya
An

An (2015)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
KIKI Kirin, NAGASE Masatoshi, UCHIDA Kyara
STILL THE WATER

STILL THE WATER (2014)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
MURAKAMI Nijiro, YOSHINAGA Jun, SUGIMOTO Tetta, MATSUDA Miyuki, WATANABE Makiko, MURAKAMI Jun, TOKITA Fujio
HANEZU

HANEZU (2011)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
KOMIZU Tota, OSHIMA Hako, AKIKAWA Tetsuya, MARO Akaji, KOMIZU Taiga, KIKI Kirin, NISHIKAWA Norio, YAMAGUCHI Miyako, TANAKA Sennosuke
Genpin

Genpin (2010)

  • Drama
  • Children/Family
  • Documentary
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
YOSHIMURA Tadashi,
Nanayo

Nanayo (2008)

  • Drama
  • Children/Family
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
HASEGAWA Kyoko, Gregoire COLIN, MURAKAMI Jun
birth/mother

birth/mother (2007)

  • Documentary
  • Children/Family
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
KAWASE Uno, Mitsuki, KAWASE Naomi
THE MOURNING FOREST

THE MOURNING FOREST (2007)

  • Drama
  • Feature
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
UDA Shigeki, ONO Machiko, WATANABE Makiko
Shadow

Shadow (2004)

  • Documentary
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
HAKO, YAMAZAKI Yutaka
SHARA

SHARA (2003)

  • Feature
  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
FUKUNAGA Kohei, HYOUDO Yuka, HIGUCHI Kanako
HOTARU / Firefly

HOTARU / Firefly (2000)

  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
NAKAMURA Yuko, NAGASAWA Toshiya, YAMAGUCHI Miyako
SUZAKU

SUZAKU (1997)

  • Feature
Director
KAWASE Naomi
Cast
KUNIMURA Jun, ONO Machiko, IZUMI Sachiko

Titles directed by FUKADA Koji

A Girl Missing

A Girl Missing (2019)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
TSUTSUI Mariko, ICHIKAWA Mikako, IKEMATSU Sosuke, SUDO Ren, OGAWA Miyu, FUKIKOSHI Mitsuru
The Man From the Sea

The Man From the Sea (2018)

  • Drama
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
Dean FUJIOKA, Taiga, ABE Junko, TSURUTA Mayu
HARMONIUM

HARMONIUM (2016)

  • Drama
  • Children/Family
  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
ASANO Tadanobu, FURUTACHI Kanji, TSUTSUI Mariko
Sayonara

Sayonara (2015)

  • Drama
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
Bryerly LONG, ARAI Hirofumi, Geminoid F
INABE

INABE (2013)

  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
MATSUDA Hiroaki, KURATA Ami, ITO Yui
Au revoir l' été

Au revoir l' été (2013)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
NIKAIDO Fumi, TSURUTA Mayu, Taiga
hospitalité

hospitalité (2010)

  • Drama
  • Children/Family
  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
YAMAUCHI Kenji, SUGINO Kiki, FURUTACHI Kanji, Bryerly LONG, ONO Eriko, HYODO Kumi

Titles directed by MIYAZAKI Goro

Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch (2020)

  • Animation
Director
MIYAZAKI Goro
Cast
From Up on Poppy

From Up on Poppy (2011)

  • Animation
Director
MIYAZAKI Goro
Cast
NAGASAWA Masami, OKADA Junichi, TAKESHITA Keiko, ISHIDA Yuriko, HIIRAGI Rumi, FUBUKI Jun, NAITO Takashi, KAZAMA Shunsuke, OMORI Nao, KAGAWA Teruyuki
TALES FROM EARTHSEA

TALES FROM EARTHSEA (2006)

  • Animation
Director
MIYAZAKI Goro
Cast
OKADA Junichi, TESHIMA Aoi, SUGAWARA Bunta

We Are One: A Global Film Festival - Titles chosen for TIFF

Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops

Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops (2017)

  • Drama
  • Feature
Director
MATSUI Daigo
Cast
MORITA Kokoro, TANAKA Reiko, TANAKA Taketo, AOKI Yuzu, Guammer, TOZUKA Jotaro
Tremble All You Want

Tremble All You Want (2017)

  • Feature
Director
OOKU Akiko
Cast
MATSUOKA Mayu, WATANABE Daichi, ISHIBASHI Anna, KITAMURA Takumi
INABE

INABE (2013)

  • Feature
Director
FUKADA Koji
Cast
MATSUDA Hiroaki, KURATA Ami, ITO Yui
Happy machine

Happy machine (2007)

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Animation
  • Omnibus
Director
YUASA Masaaki
Cast
MIZUHARA Kaoru