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Hanami @ Art Museum, December 13

From: Bill J.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:04 PM

Greetings to my Japanese-speaking Friends!

I have just posted a new event/film on the Independent Film Meetup group page that may be of special interest to members of the Japanese Meetup. We will be seeing Cherry Blossoms at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m.

I have scheduled dinner and the after-party discussion at Pacific East an excellent Japanese restaurant, only a 10-minute drive from the Cleveland Museum of Art���s screen. We would like to extend an invitation to members of the Japanese Meetup group to join us.

Best way to do that is to head over to the Independent Movie site and join. Then you can have a seamless RSVP for the dinner and the after-party discussion (optional, of course) and/or movie. We schedule many foreign, art and independent films at a number of venues throughout the city. Membership in the Independent Movie Goers MeetUp group is required.

Cherry Blossoms - Kirschbl��ten, Hanami
Germany, 2009, Directed by Doris D��rrie
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Sunday, December 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Color (extreme), Japanese and German with English subtitles.

Winner of the Roxanne T. Mueller Award at the 2009 Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF)- Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the 2009 Festival.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS is one of the most moving films you are ever likely to see. If you missed it at the CIFF last year, then you have another opportunity now. It���s an unforgettable film, a consistently surprising story of loss, regret, and rebirth.

One of Germany���s foremost filmmakers, multiple award-winning director Doris D��rrie reconfirms her exceptional talent with this tender, emotionally intense and profoundly moving story of marital love.

Here are some comments from Indie Group members who attended our event last June: ���I absolutely loved this movie, it was wonderful! It was very moving and thought-provoking... .if you get a chance to see it sometime, better bring some tissues!��� ���Fabulous film, fine food - couldn't ask for more.��� ���The film that special indescribable quality that is so rare in modern cinema. This was my third time and there will be a fourth. The critical part of any Meetup event is the after-party discussion. Ours was excellent thanks to the folks who were there! Pacific East was superb.���

1:30 p.m. Cherry Blossoms
4 p.m. Eats @ Pacific East


Doris D��rrie's Cherry Blossoms has two original titles, one in German: Kirschbl��ten, which means cherry blossoms, and another in Japanese: Hanami, which doesn't.

The Japanese equivalent to the English and German titles would be sakura; hanami is a national ceremony/celebration/holiday of WATCHING the blossoms open. Dating back to the 8th century, hanami is an event without parallel outside Japan.

The difference between the titles is a subtle, but meaningful message. Just as the blossoms in themselves are different from the veritable cult surrounding them in Japan, D��rrie's characters live in two different worlds, acting differently, first clashing (similarly to Lost in Translation ) and then - somewhat mysteriously - cohere. With this complex, effective, and moving story, D��rrie, who has spent more than three decades writing and directing "interesting and different" films of varying quality, has reached a pinnacle of her career. (She owes a debt of gratitude to Yasujiro Ozu, especially his Tokyo Story. )

"Germans and Japanese," D��rrie has said, "are really very much alike ��� incredibly repressed and very irrational at the same time." This vague and rather ridiculous generalization actually seems to come to life in Cherry Blossoms.

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