37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | October 30-November 3

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | October 30-November 3

Family Romance, LLC

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Preceded by the short film Pilgrim

Werner Herzog’s latest narrative focuses on Japan’s bizarre rent-a-family business, a professional stand-in service that provides clients with actors that portray a range of roles including friends, family members, or even coworkers. Placing non-fiction themes into a narrative context, the film zeros in on Yuichi Ishii, a young man who owns Family Romance, one of many professional rental services.  Audiences meet Yuichi posing as the missing father for teen girl Mahiro, who is oblivious to Yuichi’s true identity. This fascinating documentary-like film examines if an emotional attachment is still possible in a world that will commodify even basic human relationships. Introduction by Miyabi Goto (UVA)

Date

Sunday, October 27

Time

10:30 AM

Location

Culbreth Theatre

Film Info

Director: Werner Herzog

Runtime: 89 min.

Year: 2019

Language: Japanese

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Yuichi Ishii, Mahiro Tanimoto