12th October, 2016

Kôji Fukada’s HARMONIUM is coming to festivals and cinemas in the UK & Ireland


From the director of Au Revoir L'Ete and Hospitalité, Fukada’s Harmonium is an off-kilter take on that most venerable of Japanese genres — the family drama, which screened to great acclaim at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Un Certain Regard Jury prize.

In this slow-burn Japanese thriller Toshio invites an old acquaintance, Yasaka (just released from prison) to come and live with his family. Toshio lives above the small workshop that he owns with his wife, Akie, and their daughter, Hotaru. It is not clear why Toshio offers Yasaka a job; it doesn’t seem to be out of friendship or goodwill. Akie and Hotaru are wary of the new lodger, but with his persistent charm and goodwill, Yasaka befriends Toshio’s wife Akié and as Yasaka starts teaching their daughter Hotaru to play the harmonium, the family’s fragile domestic bliss is forever altered. Director Kôji Fukada is a master of incremental development, drawing the audience into the unfolding outcome

‘Expertly calibrated to reflect emotional realities … the film’s insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted – marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships – don’t merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer.’ (Screen Daily)

Harmonium is set to receive its UK premiere as part of the first London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) on 24 October 2016, ahead of further screenings as part of the Cambridge Film Festival (27 Oct 2016, Bath Film Festival (7 Nov 2016) and the Leeds International Film Festival (5,8 & 10 Nov 2016), before being released in selected cinemas nationwide (UK & Ireland) on 5 May 2017.   

The Masters of Cinema trailer has been commissioned exclusively for audiences in the UK and Ireland. View it here now 

Full details of cinemas screening the film will be listed here, on this page, when the screenings are confirmed


Screenings (UK & Ireland)

London, Institute for Contemporary Arts (The ICA), 5 May 2017 (Selected Shows)

London, Curzon Bloomsbury, 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Manchester, Home, 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Dublin, Irish Film Institute, 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Sheffield, Showroom, 5 May 2017 (7 days)

Bristol, Watershed, 5 May 2017 (7 days) Book Here 


Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 12 May 2017 (Selected Shows)

Bristol, Cube Cinema, 22, 23 & 24 (Baby Cinema) May 2017 Book Here 

Dundee, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 29 May 2017 (4 days) Book Here 

Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 29 May 2017 (4 days) 

London, Hackney Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, Stratford East Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, Greenwich Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, Clapham Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, Ritzy Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, Central Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, East Dulwich Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

London, Crouch End Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Bath, The Little Theatre, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Bradford, Picturehouse at the National Media Museum, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Brighton, Dukes at Komedia Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Edinburgh, Cameo Cinema, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Norwich, Cinema City, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day)  

Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse. 30 May 2017 (1 day) 

York, York Picturehouse, 30 May 2017 (1 day) 

Oswestry, KinoKulture Cinema, 1 June 2017 (1 day)

Penzance, Newlyn Filmhouse, 6 June 2017 (1 day)

Croydon, David Lean Cinema, 6 June 2017 (1 day)

Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre, 21 June 2017 (1 day) Book Here 

Cardiff, Chapter Arts Centre, 30 June 2017 (5 days)

more to announced...


Harmonium has previously screened at the following festival and cinemas

London, Curzon Soho (London East Asia Film Festival), 24 October 2016 

Cambridge, CineMobile (Cambridge Film Festival), 27 October 2016 

Leeds, Vue in the Light (Leeds International Film Festival), 5 November 2016 

Bath, Odeon Bath (Bath Film Festival),  7 November 2016 

Leeds, Vue in the Light (Leeds International Film Festival), 8 November 2016

Leeds, Vue in the Light (Leeds International Film Festival), 10 November 2016 

Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), 21 February 2017

Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT), 22 February 2017 

Cork, Triskel Arts Centre (Japanese Film Festival), 3 April 2017 (1 day)

Galway, Eye Cinema (Japanese Film Festival), 4 April 2017 (1 day)

Dublin, Light House Cinema (Japanese Film Festival), 7 April 2017 (1 day)




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