The Face of Another (35mm)
Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara (1966); Japan, 124m
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mikijirô Hira, Kyôko Kishida
Japanese with English subtitles
FRIDAY, MAY 31ST AT 7:00PM
SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST AT 7:00PM
SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND AT 3:00PM
For his second adaptation of a Kobo Abe novel, Hiroshi Teshigahara overcomes the tough task of translating the existential, monologue driven writing of The Face of Another to the screen. The story centers on a chemist whose face becomes disfigured as the result of an explosive accident in his laboratory. In a very different vein than the B-horror premise would suggest, The Face of Another focuses exclusively on philosophical explorations on the meaning of faces, the prison of facelessness, and the freedom of anonymity. Teshigahara employs surreal imagery and set design to capture, in truly cinematic terms, Kobo Abe’s subjective writing style. The Face of Another is as much a masterpiece as its literary source, posing questions and revealing images that will stir your thoughts on humanity.