This is crunch-time at RA so I was only able to get to two TIFF screenings so far, but what a two they were. On Tuesday I saw Naomi Kawase’s GENPIN, a doc about a natural childbirth clinic in Japan and the profound effect it has on the mothers who birth there. Kawase has such a poetic style and was able to share some truly intimate moments with her subjects.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the screening of Jia Zhang-ke’s I WISH I KNEW, with director in attendance during his brief 24-hour stop in Toronto. He was not able to stay for a Q&A but did speak extensively beforehand about his desire to share the rich history of Shanghai and its residents in the film. Interspersed between interviews with current and former residents were beautiful and haunting shots of the city – one that I missed on my trip to China but can’t wait to get to.
I WISH I KNEW will be screening the Bell Lightbox starting in October – stay tuned for more details on times and dates.