Isamu HIRABAYASHI, born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1972, studied graphic design at Musashino Art University. After following a career in advertising design, he started working as an independent film director in 2001. Since then, his short films have been shown at major film festivals around the world, amongst others Cannes, Venice, Locarno, and Berlin. Nippon Connection dedicated a special program to his films in 2006. TEXTISM (2006 / NC ’06) was included in film critic Tony Rayns’ list of the ten best films of all time for the 2012 Sight & Sound poll. SHELL AND JOINT (2019 / NC ’20) is HIRABAYASHI’s first feature-length film.

Films shown at Nippon Connection

Shell And Joint, Japan 2019 (Script) NC20
Shell And Joint, Japan 2019 (Cinematography) NC20
Shell And Joint, Japan 2019 (Director) NC20
Mountain, Japan 2017 (Director) NC19
Soliton, Japan 2013 (Director) NC14
663114, Japan 2011 (Director) NC12
Matou, Japan 2011 (Director) NC12
A Story Constructed Of 17 Pieces of Space And 1 Maggot, Japan 2007 (Director) NC08
Doron, Japan 2006 (Director) NC06
Conversations With Nature, Japan 2005 (Director) NC06
Vs, Japan 2004 (Director) NC06
Textism, Japan 2003 (Director) NC06
Helmut, Japan 2003 (Director) NC06
Penis, Japan 2002 (Director) NC06
Cockroach, Japan 2001 (Director) NC06
Textism, Japan 2003 (Director) NC05

Events at Nippon Connection

Film Talk: Isamu HIRABAYASHI, NC20

Guest at Nippon Connection

Open Art Special #2: Isamu HIRABAYASHI, NC06