Japan has picked German director Wim Wenders’ delicate drama Good Days, which debuted to rave opinions at Cannes earlier this yr, as its entry for the 2024 Oscars in the very best worldwide characteristic class.
The movie follows the day by day routines of a late-middle-aged Japanese man who works as a cleaner of bogs in Tokyo. Koji Yakusho gained Cannes’ prestigious greatest actor honor for his nuanced portrayal of this straightforward, dignified man. The movie additionally took house the Ecumenical Jury Prize from Cannes.
The choice marks the primary time Japan has submitted a movie to the Oscars that was not helmed by a Japanese filmmaker. However apart from the director, Good Days is Japanese by means of and thru, that includes an all-Japanese solid performing solely within the Japanese language. Produced by Grasp Thoughts Restricted (Japan) and Spoon Inc. (Japan) in collaboration with Wenders Pictures (Germany), the movie is an official Japan-Germany co-production.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s lead critic David Rooney summed up the movie as “ineffably beautiful” in his Cannes assessment.
“Nearly 4 many years after retracing the footsteps of Ozu within the documentary Tokyo-Ga, Wenders returns to the Japanese capital to make his greatest narrative characteristic in years Rooney wrote. Enriched with a vivid sense of place, the movie takes its cue from the Japanese phrase komorebi, which describes the shimmering play of sunshine and shadows by means of the leaves of a tree, each flickering motion distinctive.”
The Match Manufacturing facility is dealing with worldwide gross sales on the movie, however Neon has already acquired U.S. distribution rights, whereas Mubi has picked it up for the UK, Eire, Turkey and Latin American areas.
Good Days can be set to open the 2024 Tokyo Worldwide Movie Pageant in October, the place Wenders will function the president of the occasion’s principal competitors jury.