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Sometimes a film is so captivating that you find yourself staring at the screen long after the credits have ended. When this happens to us, we immediately want to share our experience. But not with just anyone. Our Members Only screenings present these rare, neglected, or simply amazing films to our inner circle of card-carrying cinephiles.

Come join us and watch a great film, meet great people and enjoy a lively discussion immediately following the screening. This event is exclusive—envied even—so sign up for a Facets Membership today.

March 27, 2017


Film still: Charisma


"A highly metaphoric, thematically rich piece of cinema... a fascinating, enthralling and rewarding film, one that keeps its audience thinking, guessing and wondering at every turn"
  —Midnight Eye

Placed on suspended duty for a botched hostage rescue, detective Goro Yabuike (Koji Yakusho) is sent on leave by his superiors. Goro distractedly misses the bus home and finds himself wandering into a decrepit forest not far from the scene of the crime. Here, he encounters a number of people: a female botanist, a group of radical forest rangers and a young hermit, whose lives all revolve around one thing: a single specimen of a rare breed of tree growing in the middle of the woods. The botanist believes that this tree, which she calls "Charisma", to be the source of a poison slowly killing the surrounding forest and wishes to destroy it. The rangers share her opinion, but their main drive is money and preserving the status quo, as they have been hired by the administration to retrieve the tree for further research. The young man meanwhile tries everything in his power to nurture and protect it, even firing guns at those who approach the tree. As these individuals wage an increasingly destructive feud over the fate of Charisma, can Goro find a mutual solution for the coexistence of the strange tree and the viability of the forest?

Filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse) presents a visually compelling, multi-layered, and insightful film on radicalism, individuality, and metaphysical concerns in Charisma. Evoking the austere landscapes of Andrei Tarkovsky, Kurosawa similarly explores issues of conscience, spiritual longing, and personal disharmony to reflect psychological distress, in an increasingly polarized and uncompromising world.

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan, 1999, 103 mins. In Japanese with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, March 27 at 6:30 pm



Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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