Director Talk: Atsushi Funahashi
21 June 2013, London
Atsushi Funahashi is one of Japan’s celebrated up-and-coming filmmaking talents emerging on the global stage. Having started making films in the United States, Funahashi’s Office Kitano produced film Big River (2005) was his first of four consecutive films selected for the Berlin International Film Festival, and his career has developed steadily since. Following the disaster of 11 March 2011, Funahashi made the bold decision to explore the sensitive subject through documentary in his Nuclear Nation (Futaba kara toku hanarete, 2012), and his Mikio Naruse inspired humanist drama Cold Bloom (Sakura namiki no mankai no shita ni, 2013), a feature film which was originally planned to begin production weeks before 3.11, but altered its course due to the unprecedented incident.