Yoshua Okón video installations are built on improvisational narratives created by the artist and his collaborators, mostly non-actors willing to participate in a game of social chance that may easily spiral out of control.
With the use of delicate materials, Lauren DiCioccio creates soft sculptures of objects disappearing from the everyday, for better or worse. Replicas of newspapers, currency, and plastic bags and bottles are formed out of dainty fabrics tediously hand–embroidered with thread.
The best film released in 2010? Quite possibly. In this loopy tale of female empowerment, Sawako is a clueless young woman who embraces her own mediocrity. She quits her miserable, humiliating job in Tokyo to return to her hometown. Though pretty much everything that happens there is a disaster, she finally begins to make sense of her life and herself. It’s a bold claim, but the last scene is one of the most moving (and shocking) scenes in the history of cinema. Do not miss this film. (2010, 112 min, 35mm)
In this offbeat and often beautiful film, Norio is 17 and wants to die. After his parents' suicide, he feels it's the only choice. But his teacher Akemi shows him a very different path: move to Tokyo and become a lawyer. But now that he has a benefactor and a reason to live, Norio has to figure out how to make that a life worth living. To Walk Beside You is absurdist tragicomedy at its most poignant. (2009, 90 min, digital)