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THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS 11 “I’M NOT HIM”

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR YASUHIRO HARIKI PRESENTS
THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS

If you missed this film during our festival, I highly recommend that you try and see it in a theater or film festival nearest you, or why not rent out the video if it’s available.

“I’m not him” (2013/Turkey & Greece & France)
Directed by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu

A film presented with the unique rhythm of inner human desire…

The Japanese writer Koubou Abe wrote a novel called “Tanin no Kao” (literally translated as “The Face of Another”). The story told of how a medical operation could make a face look like the face of another. This film is about someone looking exactly like another. The settings are different but both have a similar taste of addressing the issue of identity. In the film, a single, middle-age man goes to the home of a female co-worker for dinner. When he looks at the picture in her living room, he sees himself. In fact, the picture is her husband, presently in jail, who looks exactly like him. In the course of moving in with her, he starts using what belongs to her husband. The woman then meets a sudden death in an accident. The man, however, still continues to act as if he’s her husband. This goes on until the real husband escapes from jail. Now the man is being hunted by the police together with her jail breaking husband.

Turning into someone else becomes an agreeable sensation and being chased, an ecstasy. The utter fear and agitation when identity flickers…A development, which reminds us of Kafka but an attractive film, nevertheless. After you see the film, you will be left in doubt as to what your true identity is.

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