Shoplifters (15) + panel discussion

Shoplifters (2018) by Hirokazu Kore-eda

More than twenty years into a directing career focused on elegant, but quietly devastating tales of family life, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, Like Father, Like Son) has produced a high watermark with this Cannes Palme d’Or winner. Unsentimental, it feels like a culmination of the tender humanism of his past work.

Osamu (Franky Lily) is a shoplifter par excellence, who has carefully drilled his petty criminal ‘family’, including his wife (Sakura Ando) and sex worker Aki (Mayu Matsuoka). Their family grows when they discover a girl left home alone and take her into their group. But darker elements start to brew, threatening the family.

Crafted to steal your heart, this is precise, poignant filmmaking of great craft and sensitivity.

Panel discussion: Following a members' preview of the film we are joined by actor Kae Alexander, producer Michiyo Yoshizaki and therapist Maggie Usher for a panel discussion.

This event too place on Saturday 17 November 2018 11.00am at Curzon Mayfair.

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Kae Alexander is an actor. She recently finished filming Flagstone - the sequel to Maleficent for Walt Disney, and is currently filming the second season of Fox thriller Deep State. She played Reiko in The Great Wave (National Theatre) and currently starring in ITV/Amazon prime time series Strangers.

Michiyo Yoshizaki is a veteran producer whose films have amassed 16 Oscar nominations. She was the former head of Nippon, Herald Films - one of Japan’s largest and most celebrated distributors. She is also the founder of Nippon Development and Finance company, NDF International and NDF Productions. Michiyo is also an essayist.

Maggie Usher is a specialist systemic therapist who works and teaches at the Tavistock, which is world-renowned for the treatment of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as a prestigious training institution. She has over 20 years of experience working with children, families and individuals.