Sunday 29 October @ 6.00pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
2017| CTC | 110 mins| Japan | D: Roger Pulvers
A film of brief encounters and the ripple effects arising from them, Star Sand begins in Okinawa during the war. A young woman finds two men hiding in a cave: a Japanese army deserter and a debilitated American soldier (sensitively played by Australian actor Brandon McClelland). This debut feature by Roger Pulvers captures small moments in the progressive entanglement of these three lives – gestures, glances and shared silences. As their story reaches into present-day Tokyo, the film reveals the power of the past and the enduring pain of war. With title music by Ryuichi Sakamoto (best known here for Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence), the film is impeccably visualised by an all-Japanese crew. Pulvers, a prolific novelist, playwright and essayist, has spent many years in Japan but lived in Canberra for eight years and “still calls Canberra home”.