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Event Information: The 15th Nippon Connection Film Festival
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A press release was sent from Frankfurt this year also subsequently after 2014.
A film festival started by two Japanese-film-loving collage students grew into a major civic event.

The film festival has matured by adopting a new award to be presented in 2015.
It is significant that the citizens are deeply involved in the selection and operation of the festival, and it is very attractive that programs to introduce Japanese culture will take place as well.

It must be interesting also, to know how Japan looks and how people view Japan from abroad.

【Chief Editor, Sakae MIYAZAWA】

Nippon Connection

The Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection is organized on a voluntary basis by a team of 70 members of the non-profit Nippon Connection Association. Its patrons are Mr. Peter Feldmann, Mayor of the City of Frankfurt am Main, and Mr. Hideyuki Sakamoto, Consul General of Japan in Frankfurt am Main.

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Nippon Connection2014

 

The festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. What once began as a small project by two students has grown to the biggest Japanese film festival worldwide. A great number of movie fans and Japanese culture devotees gather together from all over the world once a year and enjoy the intimate atmosphere of the festival still remains even after its large growth. More than 100 new productions, among them many premieres, will be shown in the course of six days. Numerous filmmakers from Japan will join to show their new products. In addition, a wide variety of cultural events will top off the festival program.

For its 15th Anniversary, the Nippon Connection Festival will present the first edition of the “Nippon Honor Award”, sponsored by Lufthansa. This is to be given to a contributor whose outstanding performance on film making of Japan is highly recognized.
An actor Mr. Tadanobu Asano was nominated as the memorable first laureate this year. The award presentation will be conducted in the opening ceremony of the festival on the 2nd of June, 2015.  Mr. Asano will visit Germany to participate in the ceremony with the cooperation of Lufthansa and will receive the award personally.

 

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Nippon Connection2014

 

Another highlight will be the 15th international conference, “Kinema Club XV”, which will take place during the festival on the 5th and the 6th of June. Film scholars from all over the world are expected for this exchange on the current state of Japanese films.

Main Halls: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Artist House Mousonturn), Theater Willy Praml in der Naxoshalle (Willy Praml Theater in the area of Naxoshalle)
Others: Mal Seh’n Kino (Movie Theater Mal She’n), German Cinema Museum, Ausstellungsraum Eulengasse(Gallery Eulengasse), GDA Wohnstift am Zoo(GDA Wellfare Facility Frankfurt Zoo)
New Hall: Die Käs (Käs Theater)

translation Hiloko Gipson

 

      

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