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JAPAN | 115 minutes | 2019

Born with a disability, 23-year-old Yuma is a talented young artist who lives with her mother and dreams of breaking into the world of manga. When a hentai editor rejects her for her lack of worldly experience, Yuma resolves to change the situation. Japanese director Hikari’s debut feature tackles her heroine’s sexual awakening through a celebration of autonomy and the power of the imagination. With its surprising twists (including a visually inventive mid-film sequence) and the charm of first-time actress Mey Kamaya, herself a cerebral palsy sufferer, 37 Seconds is a powerful ode to difference.

The film will be presented with French and English subtitles on October 20th.

With the support of the Japan Foundation Toronto

''Hikari’s Berlinale Audience Award-winning feature debut is an insightful and moving look at a young disabled artist’s coming of age." NOW Toronto

Berlin Film festival - Panorama Audience Award and CICAE Art Cinema Award

Toronto Film Festival

Tribeca Film Festival

Programs

Wednesday October 16, 2019

Program #163
21:05
Cinéma du Parc 1

Sunday October 20, 2019

Program #253
15:00
Cinéma du Parc 1

Hikari

No biography

2011 Tsuyako; short film 2013 A Better Tomorrow; short film 2014 Can & Sulochan; short film 2015 Where We Begin; short film

distribution and credits

  • Screenplay HIKARI
  • Producer Shin Yamaguchi, HIKARI
  • Cast Mei Kayama, Misuzu Kanno, Shunsuke Daito

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