Tadasuke KOTANI 小谷忠典
Nippon Visions ½
Hinako comes across the novel “Tamaran Hill” and immediately starts reading it with delight, as “tamaran” (intolerable) happens to be her father’s favorite swear word. She soon imagines herself inside the book’s story, which also deals with someone intrigued with that particular word, and even meets the real-life author Senji KUROI there. Tadasuke KOTANI mixes narrative and essayistic forms to create a playful ode to literature, writing, and the ambiguity of the Japanese language.
Tadasuke KOTANI, born in Osaka in 1977, first studied painting and then film at Visual Arts College Osaka. His directorial feature film debut LULLABY (2002) won the second prize at the Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival. His second feature film GOOD GIRL (2006) was screened at the PIA Film Festival. In 2008, he made his first feature-length documentary film LINE, which won the Cult Award at the 2009 Torino Film Festival. His documentary THE CAT THAT LIVED A MILLION TIMES (2012) premiered at the Busan International Film Festival.