Yearly Calendar 2017
National Film Center Calendar (April, 2017 – March, 2018)
*NFC will be closed on Mondays, during screening preparation, between exhibitions, from April 1 to May 12, 2017, and from December 25, 2017, to January 3, 2018.
Rediscovering the Beauty of Film and Film Technique
May 13–21, 2017
This program shows the films NFC restored last year and the recently processed prints of the films recognized by the Motion Picture and Television Engineering Society of Japan, Inc. Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Society, we showcase the technique of cinematography, lighting, art design, sound recording and laboratory, which has formed the art of Japanese cinema.
EU Film Days 2017
May 26–June 22, 2017
Co-organizers: The Delegation of the European Union to Japan and the embassies and the cultural institutes of the EU member states in Japan
EU Film Days is a series showcasing films from the member states of the European Union (EU). Now in its 15th edition (10th to be held at NFC), EU Film Days brings together a wide variety of films from about 25 member states, exhibiting the wide range of filmmaking talent in Europe and introducing the diversity of European society and culture to audiences in Japan.
Shiro Sasaki: A Film Producer
June 27–July 16, 2017
This program showcases 18 prominent films produced by Shiro Sasaki, revaluating his works in the context of Japanese cinema history from the 1980s.
In Memory of Film Figures We Lost in 2015–2016
July 20–September 10, November 9, 10, 14–17, 21–23, 2017
This program is organized as a memorial to Japanese cineastes such as directors, actors and crew, who passed away in the year 2015–2016.
39th Pia Film Festival
September 16–29, 2017
39th Pia Film Festival (8th to be held at NFC) will hold the “PFF Award Competition,” the biggest competition for non-theatrical films in the world, special programs and screenings of valuable films for movie fans and the younger generation who aspire to become movie directors.
Silent Film Renaissance 2017
October 17–22, 2017
This is an established program that shows quality silent films with the live piano accompaniment or the oral explanation of the benshi film narrator. This year’s lineup will consist of about 6 titles of Japanese movies.
Film Treasures from George Eastman Museum (tentative title)
October 25–November 5, 2017
Co-organizers:George Eastman Museum, Tokyo International Film Festival, Motion Picture Association (MPA) and U. S. Embassy, Tokyo
This is an annual program co-organized with Tokyo International Film Festival that showcases American movies and introduces activities of film archives in the USA. In the last three years, we showcased MoMA’s collection, Orson Welles’ films and UCLA’s collection. This year, the films from the collection of the George Eastman Museum will be screened.
Czech Cinema Retrospective at the 60th Anniversary of the Restoration of Japan-Czech Diplomatic Relation (tentative title)
November 28–December 24, 2017
Co-organizers: Czech National Film Archive and Czech Centre Tokyo
This program will showcase 24 prominent Czech films form the 1920s to the 1970s.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Collection (tentative title)
January 5–25, 2018
This program will show all the films donated by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. in 2016. The collection covers from The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) to the movies in the 2010s.
Cinema: Lost and Found 2018
January 30–March 4, 2018
This is the 10th installment of “Cinema: Lost and Found,” the series that showcases valuable films newly collected and restored by NFC.
Directed by— His/Her Own Selection (tentative title)
March 13–25, 2018
This is the 6th installment of the series that showcases the prominent Japanese director’s films of their own selection. The lineup mainly consists of films of the 1980s and after. This program will quest for the origins of contemporary Japanese cinema.
As for the event “In Celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage,” please see the following page.
Back by Popular Demand: From the Programs of Recent Years (tentative title)
June 28, July 5, 7–9, 12, 14–16, 19, 26, October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 2017
This program will show popular films in our programs of recent years.
Sumiko Haneda: A Documentary Filmmaker Part 2 (tentative title)
November 9–19, 2017
This is the sequel of the 2016 program “Sumiko Haneda: A Documentary Filmmaker,” the second installment of “Documentary Filmmaker” series.
Under the title of “KYOBASHI – ZA”, Cinema 2 presents films from the NFC collection several times a year. For the program schedule, please see our website and fliers.
As for the educational programs held at Cinema 2, please see the following page.
Film Class of 2017
June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 2017 @Cinema 2
This program is the course for people who have recently begun studying film art, film history and film preservation. Prominent films from our collection will be selected according to some themes and screened with lectures.
Tadahito Mochinaga, Puppet Animation Filmmaker: Screenings and Lectures
July 22, 23, August 12, 2017 @Cinema 2
This program is related to the exhibition “Tadahito Mochinaga, Puppet Animation Filmmaker.” Mochinaga’s works will be screened and the lectures on his achievement in China will be given.
Kids’ Cinema: The Summer Vacation of 2017
July 28, 29, August 4, 5, 2017 @Cinema 2
This is the program for children up to junior high school students. It intends to cultivate their aesthetic sensibility and image literacy through the wonder and joy of films on screen.
V4 Countries Kids Film Festival
December 2, 2017 @Cinema 2
Co-organizers: The embassies and the cultural institutions of V4 countries
Animation and other films of Visegrad Four (V4: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), along with their cultures, will be showcased in this program.
In Celebration of UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
October 2017 @Cinema 1
Celebrating UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (October 27), this special event will provide the opportunity to learn the importance of moving image preservation.
Tadahito Mochinaga, Puppet Animation Filmmaker
May 13–September 10, 2017
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation, this exhibition will present the achievement of Tadahito Mochinaga, a pioneer of Japanese puppet animation who also guided many followers in China.
Jean-Pierre Melville, cineast of noir
September 26–December 10, 2017
Jean-Pierre Melville was not only a great filmmaker himself, but also an influential figure in the post-war French cinema, who was especially admired by the defiant nouvelle-vague generation. This exhibition will present his works and life.
Film History in Posters Part 3: Kaiju and Science Fiction Films (tentative title)
January 4–March 25, 2018
As the third installment of the serial exhibition tracing various strands of film history through posters, this exhibition focuses on kaiju films and science fiction films, the genres popular both in Japan and overseas.
Nihon Eiga: The History of Japanese Film
From the NFC Non-film Collection
Japanese cinema has already had a history of over one century with two golden ages. This exhibition surveys the history through posters, still photographs, devices and equipments for filmmaking, the personal items that belonged to noted film personalities and other materials from the NFC Collection.
*Captions in both Japanese and English