- Friday, May 26, 22:30 Naxoshalle Kino
- Japan 2016, Blu-ray, 117 min, Japanese with English subtitles
- Director & script: Hirobumi WATANABE
- Production: Foolish Piggie Films
- Camera: Woohyun BANG
- World sales: Article Films
- Cast: Gaku IMAMURA, Hirobumi WATANABE, Misao HIRAYAMA, Takanori KUROSAKI, Kodo TODA
- German premiere
- Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award
Yasuzo works as a lifeguard at a local swimming pool. Leading a lonely and monotonic life, no one is aware of what lurks beneath his cool surface. POOLSIDEMAN, winner of the “Japanese Cinema Splash Award” at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival, creates a tense atmosphere with long takes and monochrome images while developing a psychogram of its inscrutable protagonist.
Hirobumi WATANABE was born in Tochigi Prefecture in 1982. After graduating from the Japan Institute of the Moving Image, he founded his own production company with his brother, film composer Yuji. Since directing his first feature film, AND THE MUD SHIP SAILS AWAY, he is a regular at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
2013 And the Mud Ship Sails Away (Soshite dorobune wa yuku / NC ’14); 2015 7 Days (Nanoka)