screening of PENANCE (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 270 mins, UK Premiere) at East End Film Festival
7 July 2013, London
PENANCE (dir. Kyoshi Kurosawa, 270 mins, UK Premiere)
Four school girls witness an abduction, but remember nothing. When Emili turns up dead, her mother, Asako, holds the four girls responsible.15 years later, Asako revisits the four women to extract the penance she once promised them for their inaction. Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Pulse) has expertly adapted Kanae Minato’s famous novel, offering a brilliant character drama that minutely observes how five lives are changed by guilt and trauma. all building towards a final, shocking conclusion. Penance was originally made as a television mini-series, but is nevertheless effortlessly cinematic and is another triumph from one of world cinema’s true masters.
Penance screens at 5pm on Sunday 7 July at the Barbican Cinema. Tickets available from the Barbican Cinema website here.
The East End Film Festival (EEFF) is one of the UK's largest film festivals, taking place from 25 June - 10 July and celebrating first and second time directors, as well as bold new cinematic voices from around the world. A festival that champions discovery, the EEFF is well known for supplementing its award winning line up of international cinema with industry training, cross-arts events, live music and explorations of digital technology. More details on the festival are available at www.eastendfilmfestival.com.
Admission: £6.00 -11.50