13-22 OCTOBER
Canberra
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  In Kokone Morikawa’s dreams she is the sorcerer princess Ancien who, with the aid of a magic tablet, can bring inanimate objects—from her adorable toy dog Joy to flying cars—to life in a kingdom called Heartland. But her magic tablet is taken away, and she must retrieve it to...
  It’s a relationship as dysfunctional as they come. Towako is a despicable woman—living with a man 15 years her senior, she spends all his meagre earnings while simultaneously treating him like a worthless slug. Jinji is a sprightly and dedicated man. Infatuated with Towako since first laying eyes on...
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text]Senko Ikenobo, a joyful young monk, shows virtuoso talent with his astonishingly beautiful but unusual ikebana (flower arrangements). When he is promoted to head monk, the pressures of leadership weighs down on the free-spirited Senko. However, it was through a chance meeting with the austere tea master Rikyu that...
  Unlike his deceased yakuza dad, Keisuke Ninomiya (Yu Yokoyama of pop group Kanjani∞) doesn’t have what it takes to be a mafia man. Instead, he works as a small-fry loanshark for his dad’s best friends, boss-man Shimizu (Jun Kunimura; Chihayafuru, The Wailing) and his angry henchman Kuwahara (Kuranosuke Sasaki; Samurai Hustle,...
  Single mother Futaba (Rie Miyazawa, Pale Moon) grapples with the challenge of raising an adolescent daughter who’s severely bullied at school. Despite their ups and downs, life at home is generally peaceful. However their situation takes a complicated turn when Futaba collapses at work and is diagnosed with terminal...
  Mai Mai Miracle director, Katabuchi Sunao, adapts Kono Fumiyo's comic to an animated feature film. It depicts a young girl who married into a family in Hiroshima during the war resolutely living amid the escalating intensity of wartime destruction. In 1944, 18-year-old Suzu goes to Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture...
  The historical Tensho Iga War, known as the first and only battle between ninja and samurai, sets the scene for this fictional period epic. The Iga ninja are infamous for being notorious assassins and skilled mercenaries who would do anything for money. Not even the fearsome warlord Oda Nobunaga...
  Primary school student Yukio is faced with writing a class assignment about a family member. After a few false starts, he settles on his uncle, his father’s colourful but freeloading younger brother, who lives with the family. The uncle, a part-time philosophy lecturer, spends most days lounging on his...
  Misako is a passionate writer who composes audio guides of films made for the visually impaired. At a test screening of her latest project, she meets Nakamori, a once celebrated photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. Only partially impaired, Nakamori criticises Misako’s audio guides as overly subjective. Hit...
  The perpetrator in a gruesome homicide altered his appearance with plastic surgery and has been on the run ever since. Rage follows the lives of three different individuals whose identities are shrouded in mystery: a dockworker in Chiba prefecture (Kenichi Matsuyama), a gay man prostituting to survive in Tokyo...
  Yukina (Tao Tsuchiya, Library Wars: The Last Mission) has always been the go-with-the-flow type. Unknowingly—and rather frustratingly—she drifts into a second-rate university where everybody looks like a bespectacled geek. During O-Week, she meets Kei (Mahiro Takasugi; ReLIFE, Before We Vanish), a cute upperclassman who recruits her into the nerdiest...

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