From this year’s Berlinale, ‘INLAND SEA’ has competed in the 40th “Cinéma du Réel” International Film Festival in Paris, Hong Kong International Film Festival, and is now heading to New York for its North American premiere for 2018 Art of the Real film festival in New York with representation by ROCK SALT RELEASING.

Los Angeles, CA – April 11, 2018 –

Kazuhiro Soda returns to Art of the Real festival this year with ‘INLAND SEA’, previously showcasing ‘OYSTER FACTORY’ in 2015.

ROCK SALT RELEASING is taking world-renounced Japanese filmmaker, Kazuhiro Soda (‘Campaign’, ‘Mental’, ‘Oyster Factory’) and his silent, black and white, observational documentary feature, ‘INLAND SEA’ (‘Minatomachi’), to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s fifth Art of the Real film festival in New York from April 26th to May 6th for its North American Premiere. 

Organized by Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes, the Art of the Real festival will be celebrating its fifth year of honoring significant, innovative film voices from both hybrid and nonfiction works. “The 2018 lineup features a host of brilliant new works by internationally acclaimed filmmakers such as Corneliu Porumboiu, Sergei Loznitsa, Irene Lusztig, Karim Aïnouz, Kazuhiro Soda, and Jumana Manna, along with a vibrant slate of impressive, award-winning debuts from around the world,” reported Film Society Lincoln Center’s official website.

‘INLAND SEA’ is documentary redefined with Soda’s poetic depiction of the twilight days of a village and its people. Produced by Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Soda’s Observational Doc #7 “continues to monitor changes to the Japanese fishing industry in the black and white documentary ‘Inland Sea’set in Ushimado, the same village as his expansive ‘Oyster Factory’(Art of the Real 2015). Mrs. Koso is an elderly fishmonger who shuffles through the streets hawking fish, and Mr. Murata (affectionately called “Wai-chan”) is an 86-year-old fisherman who still takes his boat out daily. Through a mix of vérité shots and direct conversations, Soda shows that these tenacious residents are so much more than remnants of a dying way of life,” described Filmlinc

Photo: from FILMLINC.

Soda‘s human observation for 122 minutes, and at no time do we lose interest in the life and fate the film brings to light. Because Soda manages to discover fascinating personalities and, even more, to let us become part of their everyday existence in a touching way,” wrote Manuel Schubert from Movie Gazette Blog.

The ‘INLAND SEA’ director is noted worldwide for his observational style of filmmaking, which is defined by his unique rules he calls his ‘Ten Commandments’. “For the past 10 years, I’ve been making documentaries using ‘observation’ as my key word. I spontaneously roll my camera, watching and listening closely to the reality in front of me, banning myself from doing research or prescribing themes or writing a script before shooting,” writes Soda, adding, “I impose these rules (‘Ten Commandments’) on myself to avoid preconceptions and to discover something beyond my expectation…When I’m rolling the camera, I try to look and listen to what’s going on in front of me, and try to interpret my observation to film language or actual shots.”

‘INLAND SEA’ will have its North American Premiere on Saturday, April 28th at 8:30 P.M. with an exclusive Q&A from Kazuhiro Soda. ‘INLAND SEA’ will take place at the Francesca Beale Theater, the state-of-the-art theatre with cutting-edge technology for programs that range from filmmaker retrospectives to international festivals, sneak previews, and highly anticipated new releases. The Francesca Beale Theater is located at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at 144 West 65th St in New York. 

“One of the best, sharpest, most beautiful and warmest film about the outskirts and depopulation I’ve ever seen,” raved POV International’s, Frederik Bojer Bové. (Photo from POV International).

For ‘INLAND SEA’ press inquiries, please contact jenna@tricoast.com.

Alongside ROCK SALT RELEASING, ‘INLAND SEA’ first premiered at Berlinale 2018 as an official selection playing in the Forum section and received the prestigious nomination for the second-ever Glashütte Original Documentary Award. Since, ‘INLAND SEA’ competed at the 40th “Cinéma du Réel” International Film Festival in Paris and at the 2018 Hong Kong International Film Festival. After ‘INLAND SEA’ competes in New York for 2018 Arts of Real, the film will be participating in the 2018 Sydney Film Festival in Australia. 

ROCK SALT RELEASING is Hollywood’s newest independent sales and distribution label spearheaded by Acquisitions Executive Daisy Hamilton and Dean Fernando at TriCoast Worldwide. ROCK SALT RELEASING has acquired the worldwide rights for prominent Japanese director Kazuhiro Soda’s (‘CAMPAIGN’, ‘MENTAL’, ‘OYSTER FACTORY’) black and white observational film, ‘INLAND SEA’ (2018, 122 min, Observational Film #7).

For more information about ‘INLAND SEA’, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6869686/

INLAND SEA (2018, 122 min.) Directed by Kazuhiro Soda. Editor: Kazuhiro Soda. Cinematographer: Kazuhiro Soda. Original Music: Kazuhiro Soda. Japan/USA. Silent. Laboratory X, TriCoast Worldwide, Rock Salt Releasing.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Laboratory X – Kiyoko Kashiwagi, Kazuhiro Soda.

ROCK SALT RELEASING: Daisy Hamilton and Dean Fernando.

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