OkuNoto x Cinema 2014 at Takarayu

This year marks the first ever OkuNoto x Cinema event. We’ll be screening short films from all over the world, never before seen in Japan!
Takarayu bathhouse is located on a shopping street, just ten minutes’ walk from the beautiful sightseeing spot Mitsuke-jima Island, which is famous for its breathtaking views at the tip of the Noto peninsula.
In 2012, Noto was designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) and received worldwide acclaim. In addition, Takarayu bathhouse has since become a center of excellence for undergraduate students studying the traditional culture of the Okunoto area, and the base for the filming of a movie set in the Okunoto area.
Things like these have served to remind us of Takarayu bathhouse’s value to society and its importance as a place for social interaction. This led the fourth-generation owner of Takarayu bathhouse, Sotaro Hashimoto, to decide to renovate this historical building and restore it to its former glory.
Once upon a time, Noto peninsula was considered the gateway to mainland China. Since ancient times, the culture of mainland Asia arrived first in Noto before spreading throughout Japan.
OkuNoto x Cinema began with a casual conversation: “What would happen if we combined short films from around the world with Okunoto’s potential?”
Modern Noto is rich in natural beauty, and has largely retained its unique traditional culture and lifestyle simply due to its remote location.
This short film event will be held at Takarayu bathhouse in Okunoto, long famous as a place where people could cross paths with history and culture.
We aim to offer the unique experience of international interchange, enabling deeper cross-cultural understanding, and hope to contribute to the promotion of local culture.

Contents:
This OkuNoto x Cinema event is intended to be a preliminary event before the official “first” time. We will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland this year, and we will screen selected films from the Shnit International Short Film Festival taking place in Kyoto this October, as well as selected films from the Con-Can Movie Festival, Japan’s first online movie festival.

Schedule:
September 13th: The venue opens at 18:30 and screenings begin at 19:00. (We will be screening selected films from the Shnit International Short Film Festival). Following this, there will be an after-party to get to know other attendees.
September 14th: The venue opens at 18:20 and screenings begin at 19:00. (We will be screening selected films from the Con-Can Movie Festival). Following this, there will be an after-party to get to know other attendees.

Location:
2-16-1 Ukai, Horyu-cho, Suzu-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture, 927-1222
10 minutes’ walk from Mitsuke-jima Island (also known as Gunkan-jima Island).
10 minutes’ walk from Suzu-Ukai bus stop on the Hokutetsu Okunoto Bus Suzu Express Line.

Map→ http://goo.gl/CFHgED