Forever a Woman

(Chibusa yo eien nare)

4K Digital Restoration

The Saturday, July 30 screening features an introduction by Lili Hinstin.

  • Introduction, July 30

    Lili Hinstin, an artistic director and programmer, helmed Entrevues Belfort International Film Festival from 2013 to 2018 and the Locarno Film Festival from 2018 to 2020. She is vice president of the First and Second Feature Committee of Aide aux cinémas du monde and serves on the Organization and Selection Committees of the new film festival of Villa Medici in Rome.


Yumeji Tsukioka, Ryoji Hayama, Junkichi Orimoto,

Based on Akira Wakatsuki’s 1955 book about Fumiko Nakajo (1922–1954), her poetry, and their encounters before her death from breast cancer, Forever a Woman is an uncompromising account of a woman’s struggle for self-realization while facing a series of personal tragedies. Chronicling the end of Fumiko’s marriage, her frustrated desire for her mentor, and her battle with cancer, along with the successful publication of her poems, Tanaka depicts the poet’s progress from resigned submission to intellectual self-assurance, sexual fulfilment, and professional success as she edges ever closer to death.

Kate MacKay
  • Sumie Tanaka
  • Kumenobu Fujioka
  • Japanese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 106 mins
  • Janus Films