The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
March 14, 2016
7:00 pm
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Blvd Suite 100
Los Angeles CA 90036

Frames of Mind, Frames of Body: German and Japanese Perspectives on Risqué Cinema

Presentations, discussion and Q/A at the Goethe-Institut are followed by a reception at the Japan Foundation.

Erotic cinema has existed in one form or another as long as the big screen itself, yet the differences in how eroticism is portrayed in film can vary greatly from country to country, and culture to culture. The contrast between Japanese and German erotic films offers intriguing insights into their country of origin's collective sexual psyche and overall perspective on erotica.

As part of a panel discussion focusing on eroticism in film, Berlin-based Japanese writer Yoko Tawada, and German film journalist Carolin Weidner present individual lectures examining Germany and Japan's sensual expressions through film and discuss the similarities and differences between each country's notions of erotic cinema. This closer examination of risqué cinema offers a unique chance to explore, understand, and compare these two (often taboo) subgenres of film, and to see erotica through a different lens.

About the Lecturers

Yoko Tawada
 was born in Tokyo in 1960, and moved to Hamburg Germany when she was twenty-two, and then to Berlin in 2006. She writes in both Japanese and German, and has published about 40 books-stories, novels, poems, plays, essays-in both languages.  She has received numerous awards for her writing including the Akutagawa Prize, the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, the Tanizaki Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

Carolin Weidner, born in Bad Saarow, Germany in 1989, is an independent Author and Journalist working primarily in Film. Beginning with her course of studies in Film at the Freie Universität Berlin Weidner has lived and worked in Berlin since 2008. Shortly thereafter, she began writing as a freelance journalist for the following German News outlets;  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, die tageszeitung, tip Berlin, ulturspiegel, Spiegel Online, as well as Rolling Stone.

This presentation is part of a week-long series hosted by the Goethe-Institut and the Japan Foundation that continues with the following screenings. 

When: Monday, March 14, 2016 7:00 pm

Where: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
             5750 Wilshire Blvd Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90036

Free Admission, RSVP mandatory
Info: (323) 525-3388

Please note that these events cover adult subject matter; therefore, we will not admit those who are under 18 years of age.

At the Goethe-Institut:
5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles CA 90036
RSVP mandatory Info: (323) 525-3388 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:00 pm
Eroticism in German Film

German film journalist Carolin Weidner presents a selection of a curated film excerpts that form a survey and historical overview of German erotic cinema.

At the Japan Foundation Los Angeles:
5700 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Street parking is available near JFLA. Click here for Parking Info.

JFLA will showcase classic and modern works of erotic Japanese cinema, sometimes referred to as "pink films". Reservation is not required for the following screenings:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:00 pm
In the Realm of the Senses 
Director: Nagisa Oshima, Japan, 1976,102 min.,digital. In Japanese with English subtitles. 

Thursday, March 17,2016 7:00 pm
Snakes and Earrings

Director: Yukio Ninagawa, Japan, 2008,123 min.,digital. In Japanese with English subtitles. 

Friday, March 18, 2016 7:00 pm
Underwater Love
Director: Shinji Imaoka, Japan/Germany, 2011, 86 min.,digital. In Japanese with English subtitles

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