Kamome Diner - Not Like Us? - NFTS12A

Kamome Diner - Not Like Us? - NFTS

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  • Sun 26 Sep
    15:00 Studio 4 Luxury Cinema Experience

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  • Sun 26 Sep
  • 102 minutes
  • Director: Naoko Ogigami
  • Cast: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai
  • Japan (2006)


Kamome Diner (かもめ食堂, Kamome shokudō).

Having moved to Finland from Japan, Sachie (Satomi Kobayashi) sets up a small diner, but after months of trying, only has one customer, Tommi (Jarkko Niemi) who she gives coffee to for free. Following a series of encounters, her little community grows to include Midori (Hairi Katagiri) who she ambushes in a bookshop café reading a Moomin story, and Masako (Masako Motai) who is stranded for longer than anticipated from lost luggage. The women of the diner are themselves drifters, with Midori, impulsively having left Japan in search of adventure, Masako finding herself free to travel after having spent her life caring for her parents, and Sachie hoping to make roots in Helsinki. The cafe soon becomes bustling as day by day, other peculiar people begin to venture in out of curiosity, stories are shared and laughter ripples around the tables.

The screening of the film will be followed by a BSL interpreted panel that will reflect on the themes of Kamome Diner, how Naoko Ogigami’s work comes from this new wave of independent Japanese female directors, and how the characters relate to the other films in the season.

Guests to be announced close to the event.

Season Title: Not Like Us? A selection of films drawn from the vibrant cinematic representation of female misfits on screen, exploring questions around identity, conformity, and community. In partnership with The National Film and Television School and The Genesis.

Curator: Elle Haywood, MA Student in Film Studies, Programming, and Curation at the NFTS.