Thursday, September 16, 2010

Reel Asian International Film Festival announces "Toilet" and Koji Yamamura master class

by Chris MaGee

It was just a couple of nights ago that I was talking with Chis Chin, the Operations Manager of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. In the midst of TIFF mania Reel Asain is announcing the first highlights of their 14th offering which will run from November 9th to 15th here in the city, and it looks like they have more than a few treats planned for us Japanese film lovers!

First up audiences in Toronto canb look forward to the Nortn American Premiere of Naoko Ogigami's "Toilet" which was shot right here in the city. What makes the screening of this skewed domestic comedy so extra special is the fact that not only will Ogigami, best known for her films "Seagull Diner" and "Megane (Glasses), will be in attendance, but she will also be reunited with her Canadian cast members Alex House, Tatiana Maslany and David Rendall. "Toilet" will screen at the Innis Town Hall Theatre on November 13th at 7:15PM.

Another very special event that the Reel Asian programmers have planned is Koji Yamamura: Mastery of the Form, an exclusive master class with the 46-year-old animator (above) whose 2002 short "Atama Yama (Mt. Head)" was nominated for an Academy Award and his 2007 short "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor" won the Grand Prix at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Early Bird Ticket special have just been announced for the 14th annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Find out how you can see these and many more to be announced films by checking out their website here.

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