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The Present Past
A woman wanders a golf course looking for her late husband’s grave, searching desperately for a place lost to time in Vietnamese director Pham Ngoc Lan’s gorgeous black-and-white short BLESSED LAND. It makes for a haunting prelude to THE NAKED ISLAND, Kaneto Shindo’s hypnotic, documentary-like portrait of a family also living in a place seemingly unstuck in time—a tiny, remote island in the Japanese archipelago where everyday life is a test of human endurance.