BIFF 2020
Cinema Extraordinaire
Confessions

Confessions

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Kokuhaku
Japan / 2010 / 106 min
DIRECTOR:
Tetsuya Nakashima
A grieving mother turns cold-blooded retaliator with a master plan to avenge her daughter's death.

Highly rewarded by The Japanese Film Academy, CONFESSIONS is a quietly elegant thriller about a school teacher who uses a syringe to inject HIV-infected blood into the school milk of two of her pupils. She goes on explaining the class why: They killed her four-year-old daughter. She then retires, sits back and watches as the story takes its misanthropic and labyrinthine course. It’s a fascinatingly cynical, complex and visually stunning story. It's Battle Royale meets Memento.

Tetsuya Nakashima

Tetsuya Nakashima (born 1959) is a Japanese film director. Nakashima was given the Best Director award at 2005 Yokohama Film Festival for his film KAMIKAZE GIRLS. CONFESSIONS was selected as the Japenese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 83rd Academy Awards. It also won the Japan Academy Prize for Picture in 2011.