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14 November 2021: The Inland Sea


The Inland Sea
Lucille Carra, 1991, 56 min
Japanese & English with English subtitles
Introduced by Jasper Sharp

+ The Naoshima Plan 2019 “The Water”
Courtesy of Sambuichi Architects, 6 min
Introduced by Sonali Joshi

Inspired by author and film scholar Donald Richie’s memoir of journeys through the islands of Japan’s Inland Sea published in 1971, The Inland Sea is an eye-opening voyage based on a parallel trip undertaken by Lucille Carra twenty years later. Capturing images of hushed beauty and meeting people who still carried on the fading customs that Richie had observed, the film is infused with Richie’s own narration from his travelogue, together with a score by celebrated composer Toru Takemitsu.

Screening as part of Urban, Natural, Human: Exploring Japan on Screen

Information on further screenings as part of this programme can be found at:

Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.