One of the most anticipated films for me is coming soon to the Northwest Film Forum. Le Faute des Fleurs (The Fault of Flowers) is a document of the life of one of my absolute favourite musicians; the Japanese folk singer and artist, Kazuki Tomokawa.

Tomokawa's career began in the 70s, amidst social upheaval and student protests. His singing style was unique and often pushed his whole being to the extreme. Now, thirty-five years after the release of his first album, he continues creating an amazing output and influencing listeners worldwide.

La Faute Des Fleurs is playing at Northwest Film Forum on August 26st. Click here for a direct link to NW Film Forum's listing for the screening. It states..

Seeing La Faute des Fleurs is like being hit by a Japanese spaceship. After having been told by a fan about an incredible tale, Viincent Moon traveled to Japan to meet a 59-year-old Japanese folk singer and cult figure Kazuki Tomokawa, better known as "the screaming philosopher." In the film, Tomokawa, who has performed in films by both Nagisa Oshima and Takashi Miike, loses it completely, burning bridges during a wild drinking spree, then reaching for another bottle instead of his guitar. This deeply moving portrait brings to life the flawed Tomokawa, bungled relationships, gambling habit and all.

If you are in town, definitely check it out. If not, keep checking the film's official website for screening dates.

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