The best movie events right now
Cahiers du Cinéma Week
Back for its 20th anniversary edition, this showcase of new French cinema is a collaborative effort organised by the Institut Français and the venerable Cahiers du Cinéma film magazine. In addition to a programme focused on director Alain Guiraudie, famed for his LGBT-themed work, the lineup includes highlights from past Cahiers du Cinéma Weeks and brand-new fare such as Chantal Akerman's critically acclaimed documentary No Home Movie and The Woods Dreams Are Made of by Claire Simon. Note that all films will be screened with Japanese subtitles only. The full programme can be viewed here.
Cine Española 2017
If you don't mind having your subtitles in Japanese, then this two-week showcase at Shinjuku's Cinemart should make for a great opportunity to catch up on the latest in entertaining Spanish cinema. The five-film programme includes hard-charging fare like Iñaki Dorronsoro's brand-new heist flick Plan de fuga, fast-rising director Kike Maillo's sophomore effort Toro and The Body director Oriol Paulo's fine-tuned thriller The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo). See the full programme and schedule details here.
Tokyo Deaf Film Festival
The first Tokyo Deaf Film Festival lands in Shibuya with the motto of 'visual intelligence'. Unveiling a programme put together by two deaf directors, the festival sees screenings of flicks like award-winning 1992 documentary In the Land of the Deaf (Le Pays des Sourds) and 2015's For Your Love (Per amor vostro), a tale of a woman and her inner struggle in Naples, plus a subtitled version of Sion Sono's Love Exposure (Ai no Mukidashi, 2008). All films relate to how those with hearing impairments and users of sign language experience the world and society – a theme that is also explored in the related photography exhibition and during the festival symposia. See the full programme here (in Japanese only).
Bakuon Film Festival at Marunouchi Piccadilly
It may have been left without a permanent home three years ago, but Tokyo's loudest film festival just keeps on truckin': the powers behind Bakuon have turned this majestic celebration of noisy movies into a touring event that continues to pop up all around the country with fear-inducing speakers in tow. Now gearing up for its first 2017 set-up, the festival heads to Marunouchi's Piccadilly for two weeks of explosive action. The six-film programme includes films like brand-new monster masher Kong: Skull Island, 2015's brilliantly brutal Mad Max: Fury Road and Alfonso Cuarón's weightless 2013 thriller Gravity – see the full list and schedule details here.
Tokyo's best cinemas
Catch a double bill at one of the city's oldest cinemas (over 50 years and counting). Films are shown in a variety of languages, with Hollywood flicks featuring as highly as Japanese movies, all presented on classic 35mm prints. There are only double bills on offer, so set aside an afternoon and make the most of it.