Sunday, November 7– Truffaut Theatre – 4:35 pm


Presented in Association with:

Le Pacte

U.S. Premiere | France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Italy | 2021 | Drama, Historic | 165 min |
In Japanese with English subtitles

Directed by: Arthur Harari
Written by: Arthur Harari, Vincent Poymiro
Produced by: Nicolas Anthomé (Bathysphere), Christophe Friedel, Claudia Steffen (Pandora Films), Lionel Guedj, Dominique Marzotto (To Be Continued), Andrea Paris, Matteo Rovere (Ascent Films), Yoshio Oyama, Masa Sawada (Chipangu), Jean-Yves Roubin, Cassandre Warnauts (Frakas Productions), Arte France
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Film Editing: Laurent Sénéchal
Original Score: Sebastiano Gennaro, Enrico Gabrielli, Olivier Marguerit, Andrea Poggio, Gak Sato
Cast: Yûya Endô (Hiroo Onoda – young), Kanji Tsuda (Hiroo Onoda – old), Yûya Matsuura (Kinshichi Kozuka – young), Tetsuya Chiba (Kinshichi Kozuka – old), Shinsuke Kato (Shoichi Shimada), Kai Inowaki (Yuichi Akatsu), Issei Ogata (Major Yoshimi Taniguchi)
International Sales: Le Pacte

Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle recounts the amazing-but-true story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier trained in “secret warfare,” who spent almost 30 years hiding out in a Philippine jungle, oblivious to the fact that World War II had ended. Stubbornly faithful to his mission, Onoda leads his dwindling platoon into a kind of delusional guerilla-war odyssey, refusing to accept defeat and determined to fight to the finish. Arthur Harari’s second feature is ambitious and powerful in equal measure, long yet action-packed, suspenseful, endowed with truly epic performances, and in the end, an extraordinarily moving, almost anti-war tale.

Arthur Harari was born in Paris in 1981, has written and directed several short films that have been presented at numerous film festivals, and has even acted in several shorts and features. His feature directorial debut, Dark Inclusion (2016), was an official selection at Cannes, was nominated for a César Award for Best First Film, and lead actor Niels Schneider nabbed the Most Promising Actor César. Onoda – 10,000 Nights in the Jungle opened the Un Certain Regard sidebar at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is presented, in competition, as this year’s closing film at COLCOA.

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