THE JAPANESE Film Festival takes place this weekend in the Town Hall Theatre with an array of diverse new films from the country to be screened.
The festival, organised by access>CINEMA, the Japanese Embassy, and the Galway Film Society, aims to foster a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and society among Irish citizens and to strengthen the cultural ties between the two countries.
On Saturday the animated film Ponyo, a Japanese take on The Little Mermaid, will be shown at 2pm, followed by Kamikaze Girls, a kind of Kill Bill for teenage girls, which will be shown at 4pm.
On Sunday the award winning comedy Shall We Dance? will be screened at 2pm; the multiple-narrative drama A Stranger Of Mine at 4.30pm; and 2009 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner Departures at 8.15pm.
For tickets contact the Town Hall on 091 - 569777 and see www.accesscinema.ie