Almost 40 years before Girls and Frances Ha made a phenomenon out of a brand of New York neurosis that is distinctly female, debut director Claudia Weill wrote and directed this woefully neglected gem about Susan, a struggling photographer who is forced to fend for herself when her roommate Anne decides to get married.
Zero Focus has the most overtly film noir stylings of all Nomura’s films, and is the one most clearly indebted to Alfred Hitchcock, with a dual-identity plot and elevated showdowns reminiscent of both Vertigo and Rebecca.
This collaboration between Detroit techno wizard Jeff Mills and French filmmaker Jacqueline Caux is less of a traditional portrait of Mills’ music and life, but more a playfully dream-like journey through his oeuvre, ideas and imagination. Followed by a Q&A with Jeff Mills and director Jacqueline Caux.
The film for which Nomura will be forever most associated, The Castle of Sand is a sprawling, twisting police procedural that criss-crosses rural Japan and uncovers a tragic story of anger and discrimination, in search of the solution to a murder mystery.