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8th edition: 10 April - 14 April 2019

Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2019 Feature Film)

Kore-eda Hirokazu | Japan | 2018 | color | DCP | 120' | English | e.s.

A poor Japanese ‘family’ takes in a needy, young girl. They compensate for their lack of money with tenderness, compassion and unconditional love. Unfortunately, there is scant room in Japanese society for such informal family systems. The shoplifters have to be careful not to be caught, because there is much more at stake than just a fine.


LoLove is all this Japanese ‘family’ needs to stick together. And maybe some money, as they haven’t got much to go round. But even this bunch, whether unemployed, low-paid workers or shoplifters, support each other through thick and thin. They prove the point when they encounter a lonely girl one night who is trying to escape her violent family. She is welcomed with open arms into this touching, but also vulnerable, new family system.

Director Kore-eda Hirokazu is known for beautifully filmed, movingly played and humanist family dramas that shed new light on suffocating Japanese social codes. In Shoplifters, he focuses on the many informal families his traditional country contains, but which are strictly forbidden. With great care and attention, he reveals what is more important than shared blood: tenderness, honesty and unconditional love. The fact that society doesn’t recognize this lends a critical note to this Golden Palm winner at last year’s Cannes film festival.

Place: The Cinemas 1

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 14 April 2019

Time: 18:15

Duration: 1:32

Year in Festival
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Ryûto Kondô
Lily Franky
Sakura Andô
Kirin Kiki
Mayo Matsuoka
Jyo Kairi
Miyu Sasaki
Hirokazu Koreeda
Haruomi Hosono
Takashi Ishihara
Yasuhito Nakae
Tom Yoda
Production Design
Keiko Mitsumatsu
GAGA Corporation
Year of Production
Kore-eda Hirokazu

KORE-EDA Hirokazu (1962, Japan) studied at Waseda University. At first he planned to become a writer, but instead made many prize-winning television documentaries. Ever since his debut feature Maborosi (1995), almost all his work has been presented in Rotterdam. His films have been awarded numerous international prizes. In Cannes, he won the Jury Prize for Like Father, Like Son (2013) and the Palme d’Or for Shoplifters (2018).


Our Time (2009, doc), The Alzheimer's Project (2009, series), Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare (2012, doc), Cartel Land (2015, doc), City of Ghosts (2017, doc), A Private War (2018), The Trade (2018)