Director: Yurugu Matsumoto

Run Time:  15 mins 47 sec

Collection: SHORTS 4

Date/Time: SUN JUN 21 1:00PM & 7:15PM


Short, Drama, International

Description:  Saki in her late twenties unexpectedly gets an incoming call from a pay phone. The caller is her father Sizuo, who lives apart from her. Reunited for the first time after a long time, they are both clumsy and two of a kind. A small night’s small story where their feelings intersect.

Director Bio: Born in 1969 in Tachikawa City, Tokyo, Japan.
In the ’90s, he started filming original movies with 8 mm films as a student at Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image. Then, he became a freelance assistant director for commercial films working with directors such as Takashi Ishii, Takashi Yamazaki, Yoshihiro Nakamura, Hitoshi Yazaki, Banmei Takahashi, and Shinsuke Sato. The last piece he worked for was Nobuhiko Obayashi’s HANAGATAMI as a chief assistant director.
Now he focuses on directing his own works, mainly documentary TV dramas. His short film MIX, an original movie for the first time in 20 years, became the nominee for many film festivals. The next film GACHA GACHA won a lot of awards at film festivals, followed by another short PAY PHONE that was well-received and screened at over 40 national and international film festivals, winning 15 awards including 4 Grands Prix.
Its sequel CASSETTE TAPE premiered at 6th Hachioji Short Film Festival won both Grand Prix and Audience Award. After that, it won Grand Prix and Best Actress at 23rd Yokohama Cinema Paradise, making Matsumoto become the very first director of the festival who won four Grands Prix in a row.
From an idol movie to a socially aware drama, he directs a wide range of films: VIRGIN BREEZE which he wrote and directed for the Japanese female idol group called Nogizaka 46 was favorably received, and a feature film Talking to the Starry Sky captured untold situations that people with disabilities had experienced after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
In writing, his script TSUREZURE was nominated for a synopsis competition called 3rd MPA/DHU Film Workshop, and director Carlos Saldanha (ICE AGE: THE MELTDOWN and RIO, etc.) highly recommended it. The project was selected for the last stage as one of the best nine scripts at Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2017.
In his hometown Tachikawa City, he energetically contributes for developing movie culture as a teacher at the local Movie Production Workshop and as a judge for Tachikawa Meigazadori Cinema Festival.

Pay Phone Trailer