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TIFF Picks 09: Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Symbol

In North America, Hitoshi Matsumoto became a household name for the fifty, or so people who’ve seen the brilliant Dai Nipponjin. Call him an auteur/mad genius/comic marvel, the teaser below might not shed enough light on what to expect, but I’m ready to bet it’ll linger on way past the film’s run time.

#23. SYMBOL

Director/Cast: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Distributor: Rights Available.

Buzz: In North America, Hitoshi Matsumoto became a household name for the fifty, or so people who’ve seen the brilliant Dai Nipponjin. Call him an auteur/mad genius/comic marvel, the teaser below might not shed enough light on what to expect, but I’m ready to bet it’ll linger on way past the film’s run time. I’m hoping that Magnet continues their run with the filmmaker.  

The Gist: Japanese comedy superstar Hitoshi Matsumoto stars in and directs this absurd and outlandish comedy about a man trying to escape a unique dilemma. Read the TIFF description for more. 

TIFF Schedule: Click here for screening times

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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