After the triumph of The Mohican Comes Home, Okita's new film Okita arrives at the FEFF - a gentle intrusion into the life of the hermit painter Kumagai who spent his last decades in his house and his beautiful garden. The perfect character for a biography by Okita, where the painter's idyllic life favours the contemplative, magical vision of the director who focuses on the painter's long walks in nature, his bizarre guests and surreal comic moments.
Okita Shuichi (b. 1977) made his commercial film debut in 2009 with The Chef of South Polar. After his 2011 set-in-the-woods comedy The Woodsman and the Rain, he followed up with A Story of Yonosuke (2013), a drama about a determined country bumpkin who comes to Tokyo and wins his way into the hearts and memories of his more sophisticated peers. The film was widely screened abroad, including an International Festival Premiere at Udine FEFF. His ensemble comedy Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday (2014) and Mohican Comes Home (2016) were also screened at FEFF. In 2018 Okita released Mori: The Artist’s Habitat, a drama based on the life of artist Kumagai Morikazu (1880-1977).
2009 – Chef of South Polar
2011 – The Woodsman and the Rain
2013 – A Story of Yonosuke
2014 – Ecotherapy Getaway Holiday
2016 – Mohican Comes Home
2018 – Mori, The Artist’s Habitat