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Nanami: The Inferno of First Love + A.I. Mama (18*)

Japanese Avant-garde & Experimental Film Festival

a man and a woman embrace

An extremely rare 16mm screening of new wave master Susumu Hani’s endlessly inventive web of young love and seedy underworld forces.

JAEFF 2021begins with a bang. A script penned by avant-garde god Shuji Terayama, Nanami: The Inferno of First Love is arguably Hani’s masterpiece. Ostensibly a tale of boy meets girl, young goldsmith Shun falls for nude model Nanami. But Hani’s film spirals ever deeper into a hallucinatory howl against a society that neglects, exploits, and abuses young bodies. A seamless mesh of Hani’s verité style with Terayama’s experimental exuberance, expect to be stunned, troubled, and scorched by the inferno.

Nanami: The Inferno of First Love is paired with Asuka Lin’s post-cyberpunk Super 8 film, A.I. Mama, featuring a young non-binary programmer who attempts to reconnect with their lost mother.

With thanks to Mr and Mrs Hani.

This screening includes an introduction by Jennifer Coates.

Japan 1968 Dir Susumu Hani 108 min, 16mm

USA 2020 Dir Asuka Lin 5 min

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