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CLOSE KNIT

  • Erickson Theatre 1524 Harvard Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 (map)

Naoko Ogigami; 2017; Japan; 127 min.; in Japanese with English subtitles

CLOSE-KNIT, reportedly the very first transgender-centered film made in Japan, explores the everyday struggles of Rinku (Toma Ikuta), a transgender Japanese woman, through the perspective of Tomo, a lonely, neglected youth (Rinka Kakihara) seeking solace and a stable home when her mother abandons her. Tomo’s frustrations begin to be channeled when Rinku shares her skill at knitting. The concept of the “chosen family” looms large in this painfully tender and wistfully photographed tale of love in a time of great strife, which also peels back the layers of provincial Japanese transphobia.

Content Warning: Discussion or Depiction of Self-Harm, Nudity

Co-presented by SIFFLifeLong and PRIDE Asia

Earlier Event: May 12
I AM THEY
Later Event: May 12
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY