Director Naoko Ogigami will be in attendance for a special post-screening Q&A.
11-year-old Tomo has been taking care of herself since her irresponsible single mother is incapable of doing so. After her mother abandons her, Tomo turns to her Uncle Makio to look after her. Upon arrival to his house Tomo meets Makio’s kind and genuine girlfriend Rinko, who is “a little different.” From here, the three of them become closer and Rinko becomes the mom Tomo never had, making her bentos and comforting her when she is down. But the situation is not without complications.
Naoko Ogigami’s (KAMOME DINER, RENT-A-CAT) CLOSE-KNIT represents is a big step for Japan, where LGBTQ issues are brought to light in a country that encourages everyone “to blend in.” Ogigami portrays these characters as regular people who don’t want to seem different from everyone else. She offers a fresh and easy to understand perspective on the LGBTQ community in Japan that goes otherwise unseen. Boy idol Toma Ikuta shines in the lead as Rinko, making CLOSE-KNIT one of the must-see films of 2017.
Synopsis written by: Ariel Ushijima