37 Seconds



Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 10, 2019 6:00 PM
Lark Theatre Fri, Oct 11, 2019 11:00 AM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:115 min.
Producer:Shin Yamaguchi
Cinematographer:Stephen Blahut
Tomoo Ezaki
Editor: Thomas A. Krueger
Cast:Mei Kayama
Misuzu Kanno
Shunsuke Daito
Makiko Watanabe
Print Source:Netflix
Note Writer:Melissa Howden


Overprotected by her mother and exploited by her wannabe influencer cousin who claims Yuma’s drawings as her own, 23-year-old Yuma, an aspiring artist with cerebral palsy, craves a life of her own making. Played by disabled actress Mei Kayama in her triumphant screen debut, Yuma craves a bigger life where she can explore her sexuality, not shaped or limited by her disabled body. Though soft-spoken, Yuma has a spark of inner steel which reveals itself as she draws her fictional erotic manga, Hana and the Lusts of Time. Through her art, we’re privy to her inner world, a vast panorama beyond the vantage point of her wheelchair. Winner of several awards at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, 37 Seconds is an odyssey of discovery, involving love hotels, kind sex workers, and drag queens—a journey humorous and absurd but also deeply human and joyful. Tokyo’s skyline, through Yuma’s eyes, is a character unto itself, guiding her to realization and triumph.

EXPECTED GUEST: Director Hikari, Cinematographer Stephen Blahut

Additional Information

Born Mitsuyo Miyazaki, Hikari is a director, writer, and producer. Her short film, Tsuyako (2011), won multiple festival awards, including a DGA Student Film Award Best Woman Student Filmmaker – West Region and an audience award at Frameline. Her other shorts include Naya Din (2007), Another Life (2010), Can and Sulochan (2014), and Where We Begin (2015). She makes her feature debut with 37 Seconds (2019), winner of two prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Panorama Audience Award – Fiction Film and the C.I.C.A.E. Art Cinema Award – Panorama.