Sheffield DocFest 2019

This section will also feature a screening of Toshio Matsumoto short films.

View other Sheffield DocFest Films by strand: Doc/Adventure, Doc/Expose, Doc/Love, Doc/Rhythm, Doc/Think, Doc/Vision, Focus/Shapes That Move, New/Hits, New/Signals, New/UK

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Mountain Plain Mountain and Norie
The Big House (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Kazuhiro Soda, Markus Nornes, Terri Sarris)
Documentary shot in Michigan Stadium, showing everything but the game.
UK premiere
Chiyo (Country: Japan; Year: 2019; Director: Chiemi Shimada)
A portrait of the director's grandmother.
World premiere
Memento Stella (Country: Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Takashi Makino)
Experimental documentary considering our place in the stars.
UK premiere
Mountain Plain Mountain (Year: 2018; Director: Yu Araki, Daniel Jacoby; Writer: Yu Araki, Daniel Jacoby)
Obihiro is the last Ban’ei racecourse – a rare form of horse racing involving heavy sleds. This documentary takes a look.
UK premiere
Norie (Country: Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Yuki Kawamura)
During the annual ghost festival in Japan, the director, Yuki, along with his father Munemitsu, embarks upon an emotional journey in the footsteps of Norie.
UK premiere
Chiyo Chiyo
Chiyo and The Pearl Of Tailorbird
The Pearl Of Tailorbird (Year: 2019; Director: Rei Hayama)
Decelerated birdsong gets misinterpreted into Japanese.
World premiere
A Tiny Place That Is Hard To Touch (Country: Japan, US; Year: 2019; Director: Shelly Silver)
Science fiction and desire collide when an American researcher meets a Japanese translator.
UK premiere

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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