Woman of the Dunes (1964) | Hiroshi Teshigahara

Next date: Friday, 25 October 2019 | 05:45 PM to 08:30 PM

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Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association,  nominated for best foreign language film and best director at the Academy Awards. It was also selected as one of the ten best films of all time by the Russian cineaste Andrei Tarkovsky.

A young widow lives at the bottom of a sand quarry where her daily task is to shovel the constantly falling sand from her home. An
etymologist, lost while collecting insects, shelters in her home for the night, but is unable to escape the pit the next morning...

Woman of the Dunes is a Japanese New Wave film, deftly woven from the novel by Kobo Abe, who also wrote the screenplay, and is a contemporary re-telling of the legend of Sisyphus, who is condemned by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill, only to see it roll down the other side, for all eternity. A claustrophobic and haunting allegory of human existence, Woman of the Dunes excels in every aspect: the unpredictable musical score is like no other, and takes on a role of its own; the lighting and cinematography is at once poetic yet suffocating, tactile and erotic.


**Please note the special starting time of 6pm - doors will open from 5:45pm**



  • Friday, 25 October 2019 | 05:45 PM - 08:30 PM


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