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In Person & Previews

Preview: Family Romance, LLC

+ Q&A with director Werner Herzog via Skype

Werner Herzog is on typically thought-provoking form, dramatising the work of a 'rent-a-relative' service, in this Tokyo-set meditation on contemporary alienation.

Please note, Werner Herzog will no longer be able to attend this preview in person but will give a Q&A via Skype. This preview will now take place in NFT1 and the seating will be unallocated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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USA 2019
Dir Werner Herzog
With Yuichi Ishii, Mahiro Tanimoto
With English subtitles
Cert tbc
Courtesy of Modern Film

Intrigued by the story of a Japanese company that, for a fee, can supply people to imitate absent family members, Werner Herzog flew to Tokyo and filmed this scripted series of moments in the life of Family Romance, LLC. In an uncanny bit of re-re-enactment, the company’s founder Yuichi Ishii plays himself, as the man who performs multiple impersonations a day to fulfil people’s wishes. This includes passing as the estranged father of a 12-year-old girl, suddenly resurfacing in her life and dedicating time and attention to her. Amusing and disturbing in equal measure, Herzog’s film questions the bizarre nature of the social systems that we put in place to deal with our random existence and probes our blurry relationships to truth and love.

Tickets £20, concs £16 (Members pay £2 less) on sale Mon 9 March to BFI Patrons and Champions from 11:30, to BFI Members from 12:30 and to the public from 16:00


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