In a faceless apartment in Tatekawa, Tokyo, an American woman hires a Japanese woman to translate interviews about Japan’s declining birthrate. The American woman is presumptuous in her knowledge of Japan; the Japanese woman suffers from a excess of critical distance. They grate, fight, and crash together in love or lust, at which point their story gets hijacked into science fiction territory, as the translator interrupts their work sessions with stories from a world infected with the knowledge of its own demise. This neighborhood has already known devastation, having been wiped out the night of March 9th, 1945, by American bombs.


Title: A Tiny Place That is Hard To Touch
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39′, Japan, USA, 2019
Directed by: Shelly Silver
Festival Section: International Competition


Date: 05/11/2019
Venue: La Compagnia
Time: 16:30


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