Open Łódź / Open Cinema / Like Father, Like Son

22.06.2022, 6.00 pm in  Marek Edelman Dialogue Center, 83. Wojska Polskiego St., Survivors’ Park: „Like Father, Like Son” (Soshite chichi ni naru), directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan 2013 / 116’

What determines a child's future? Nature or nurture? In his family drama LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda tackles this abstract issue in a very concrete and touching fashion. Six years after the fact, two pairs of parents are told by the hospital that their sons had been switched at birth. One grew up an only child, raised very strictly by a wealthy couple, the other boy had siblings, and was brought up in the somewhat chaotic household of an unsuccessful shop keeper. Both pairs of parents face the same question: should they give the child they love away and take over raising their biological offspring instead? Kore-eda proves to be a master of quiet, but powerful drama in the best tradition of his compatriot Yasujiro Ozu, and, as in his earlier films, NOBODY KNOWS and I WISH, as a gentle director of child actors. That earned him the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The film will be shown with Polish and English subtitles.

OPEN CINEMA is part of the OPEN ŁÓDŹ project, organized by the University of Łódź, the Municipal Police Headquarters in Łódź, and the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center. One of the aims of the project is to develop common strategies for improving the safety of foreign nationals in Łódź and for their increased integration with the local community. The workshops in intercultural communication for police officers, English language courses, and trainings for foreign nationals devoted to safety issues include screenings of movies from all over the world.

Screenings as part of the OPEN CINEMA series include some of the most prominent pictures released in recent years which depict various cultural and linguistic circles, such as Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows”, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade”, or Liev Schreiber’s “Everything is Illumination”.

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