37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


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Usually quiet and reserved, young Minato has begun to act strangely; he claims to be a monster whose head has been swapped with a pig. When his mother, Saori, discovers Minato’s teacher is responsible for these wild ideas, she demands an explanation from his school. A fight between Saori and school officials escalates, and Mr. Hori accuses Minato of bullying one of his classmates, Yori. Rumors and reality are intertwined as the narrative fluctuates between flashbacks and point-of-view shifts following Minato and Yori’s complicated yet intricate relationship.

Japanese Director Kore-eda Hirokazu (Broker, Shoplifters) returns to his homeland to create a beautiful and morally complex narrative exploring boyhood and the treacherous, opaque tolls of adolescence.

Introduction by Anri Yasuda (UVA).


Sunday, October 29


1:15 PM


Violet Crown 6 & 7

Film Info

Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Runtime: 125 min.

Year: 2023

Country: Japan

Language: Japanese

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Sakura Andō, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa, Hinata Hiiragi, Yūko Tanaka