International Film Series: Chronicle of My Mother

Sunday, March 24, 2pm, $7

Masato Harada’s moving period drama about the relationship between a self-centered writer and his aging mother draws on an autobiographical novel by Yasushi Inoue. Kosaku (Koji Yakusho, Shall We Dance?), married with four daughters, is a successful writer and tyrannical husband and father. When his mother (Kirin Kiri) begins to display signs of dementia, duty demands that he take care of her. She moves in and, as her grip on reality loosens, facts about the past–specifically why she saw fit to abandon her son after the war–come to light. Chronicle is an unabashedly emotional epic with shades of Yasujiro Ozu’s melodramatic masterpieces. Winner of the Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival.
THIS IS A USA PREMIERE.               
The International Film Showcase, an arm of the Lamorinda Film and Entertainment Foundation (LFEF) began in January 2011 presenting a local premiere of an acclaimed international film not available on home media or television for one week a month. Learn more...