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Cult Film Screening: Woman of the Dunes (1964)

  • Mint Art House 55 West Burleigh Road Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220 Australia (map)

Mint Art House will be running regular screenings of Cult world films that shaped cinema and culture. Join us for an intimate screening followed by a discussion.

Monday 9th we will be screening a Japanese New Wave Film, Woman of the Dunes (1964). Director Hiroshi Teshigahara builds an atmospheric, highly charged and remarkably sensual exploration of the human condition. Adapted by Kobo Abe from his novel and featuring a chilling minimalist score by the great avant-garde composer Toru Takemitsu, Woman of the Dunes won a special Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

The plot follows teacher Junpei Niki (Eiji Okada) who after missing his last bus home after a day collecting insects on a remote stretch of coast, he takes shelter in a young widows hut. The woman (Kyoko Kishida) lives in a house at the bottom of a sandpit accessible only by a rope ladder. Junpei quickly find himself trapped like one of his insects in the woman’s home, where incessantly creeping grains of sand can only be slowed with constant shovelling. Junpei is forced into an uneasy life with the woman, fighting back the sand that threatens to engulf them.

Subtitles: English
Length: 146 min


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Earlier Event: September 3
Film Screening: 2040
Later Event: September 11
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