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US/Japan · 2017 · Documentary · 87 min. · Japanese with Catalan or Spanish subtitles.

Screening day and time
24/10/2024 – 21:00h – Spanish subtitles
26/10/2024 – 18:30h – Catalan subtitles

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Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between his patients and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?
The Departure is a poetic and deeply moving film that contemplates death as a way of better understanding how we should live.


Lana Wilson is an Emmy-winning and two-times Spirit Award-nominated director and writer. Her film, The Departure, was critically acclaimed for being a poetic, profound, and moving exploration of what makes life worth living.  The Departure was called “A work of art” by the San Francisco Chronicle, “A genuinely spiritual experience” by the Washington Post, and “Tender and moving…like a haiku” by the New York Times. Wilson has been awarded artist fellowships from the Sundance Institute, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Film Independent, and has taught at Pratt Institute. She was named to DOC NYC’s inaugural “40 under 40” list and is a recipient of the 2019 Chicken & Egg Award. Wilson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Awards and Nominations

Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival (2017) / Hotdocs (2017) / Sheffield Doc Festival (2017) / Camden International Film Festival (2017) / Bergen Internatinal Film Festival (2017) / Mumbai Film Festival (2017) / Reykjavik International Film Festival (2017) / Maryland Film Festival (2017) / Shanghai International Film Festival (2017).

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