About Taka and Ako: The Iimuras’ Cine-Poetics

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Since the 1960s, pioneering Japanese husband-and-wife team Takahiko and Akiko Iimura have produced works that routinely pushed the limits of cinematic and intermedial expression, with oeuvres that span experiments in abstraction, structuralism, and erotic surrealism. This program compiling a range of the duo’s works includes films by Taka focusing on the metamorphosis of cinematic color and the visualization of intimacy. The centerpiece, Taka and Ako, is a double portrait of the two filmmakers. Too rarely screened, this program also includes two works by Akiko Iimura, often remarked upon for their combination of film poetry, spiritualism, and the diaristic. Of note, music for the films includes original scores by Yoko Ono (Ai/Love) and Jacques Bekaert (Late Lunch, Mon Petit Album). Contains flashing imagery.

Films in this program are:

  • Taka and Ako (1966; 16mm)
  • Ai/Love (1962; 16mm)
  • Mon Petit Album (1980; DCP)
  • Iro/Colors (1962; 16mm)
  • Late Lunch (1985; DCP)
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