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Domains - North American Premiere!

Thursday, October 12, 2023, 7:30 p.m., Dryden Theatre

(Ôkoku (aruiwa sono ie ni tsuite), Natsuka Kusano, Japan 2019, 150 min., DCP, Japanese w/English subtitles)

A police interrogation scene gives way to rehearsals and re-stagings of the events and relationships that led to the crime. In this way, Director Natsuka Kusano examines not only the nature of the creation of collaborative art—with open scripts, occasionally changing actors, re-worked dialogue, differing delivery, and minimal editing—but also, through its repetitive nature, the way we as humans and characters can obsess over past events to the exclusion of other information, relevant or not. A film as patient as it is experimental, Domains rewards those who look closely with a final shot that feels inevitable.