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Japanese Film Festival Satellite in Alice Springs

  • Sat 26th Sep 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Todd Plaza, 11 Todd St, Alice Springs NT 0871

The Japanese Film Festival Satellite (FKA Regional) Program will tour Alice Springs with three contemporary #Japanese films, screening for #free. Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney with Red Hot Arts and Alice Springs Cinema.

Free admission. Limited seating, reservations required.

Please see below for more information.






Tickets can be reserved on the DesFest website from 4 Sept; 9:00 (ACST):

*Due to social distancing regulations seating is limited. Please visit the DesFest or Alice Springs Cinema website for more details.


Alice Springs Cinema

Todd Plaza, 11 Todd St,

Alice Springs

NT 0871






*Join us at 6:00PM for the JFF Satellite and Desert Festival 2020 Launch Party

Shoplifters (万引き家族)

2018 / Drama / 120 mins / Rating: M (sexual references and nudity)

In Japanese with English subtitles

"Piecing together family in the most unexpected ways"

A brilliantly humanistic masterpiece that intricately - and on occasion, boldly - explores what it means to be a family. Shoplifters focuses on a ragtag family who have slipped through the cracks of society, using petty crime as a means to survive. After one of their regular shoplifting ventures, Osamu and his son Shota come across a neglected little girl. Despite their own hardships, the family takes her in. They begin a happy, humble life together until an unforeseen incident unravels hard truths and their fragile existence is thrust into the spotlight, uprooting the bonds that hold them together.



Penguin Highway (ペンギン・ハイウェイ)

2018 / Anime, Adventure / 119 mins / Rating: PG (contains mild fantasy themes and animated violence)

In Japanese with English subtitles

"Where did all these penguins come from?"

Fourth-grade student Aoyama is a young boy sure of his own intelligence and place in the world; he spends his days buried in his notebooks and studying the world around him. But when penguins appear in his small town far away from any oceans, Aoyama knows there’s a mystery that only he can solve—a mystery that involves the woman he has a crush on.

An anime adaptation of Tomihiko Morimi’s award-winning novel of the same name, Penguin Highway is an unforgettable tale about growing up, love, and discovering yourself.



Night is Short, Walk On Girl (夜は短し歩けよ乙女)

2017 / Anime, Comedy, Coming of Age / 93 mins / Rating: Suitable for 15+ (contains moderate themes)

In Japanese with English subtitles

"An epic night out filled with chance encounters and strange romance"

A heroine known only as The Black-Haired Girl goes down the rabbit hole for a night on the town and meets new friends who show her an unexpected side of Kyoto’s nightlife. As their night moves from tipsy to boozy, they slide into a trippy world of drunk philosophers, lecherous book collectors and guerilla theatre-makers.

Meanwhile, fellow student Senpai (Gen Hoshino) is desperately searching for The Black-Haired Girl. As the night deepens and the challenges keep coming, will each hurdle crossed bring the two closer together?

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