Official Selection


by Joe Odagiri
Japan, 2019, 137', color, DCP
Screenplay: Joe Odagiri
Sunday 01 September 2019
22:00 Sala Perla 2 Press, Industry
Thursday 05 September 2019
16:45 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Friday 06 September 2019
19:15 Sala Pasinetti All Accreditations


Christopher Doyle
Masaya Okazaki
Joe Odagiri
Tigran Hamasyan
Mitsugu Shiratori
production design
Takashi Sasaki
Emi Wada

Akira Emoto
Ririka Kawashima
[A Girl]
Nijiro Murakami
Masatoshi Nagase
Haruomi Hosono
[Nihei's Father]
Tsuyoshi Ihara
[The Man from the Construction Site]
Mitsuko Kusabue
[Woman on the Boat]
Isaao Hashizume

Shozo Ichiyama
Takuro Nagai
Yusaku Nakajima
Kinoshita Group

executive producer
Naoya Kinoshita
with the support of
Japan Arts Council

Toichi is a boatman who ferries the villagers to a town on the other side of the river. Besides rowing a boat for the villagers all day long, he barely has any communication with others except Genzo, a young neighbor. Upstream, a large bridge is being constructed. Everyone is excited, but Toichi has mixed feelings about it. One day, Toichi meets a mysterious young girl. Since she has no family and no place to go, Toichi lets her stay with him, but this encounter starts to bring about changes in Toichi's life.



2019 Aru sendo no hanashi
(They Say Nothing Stays the Same)
2009 Sakura na hito tachi
(Looking for the Cherry Blossoms, short)

Joe Odagiri (Okayama, 1976) started his career as an actor in 2000. Three years later, he landed the main role in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then he has appeared in films by world-renowned filmmakers, such as Junji Sakamoto, Seijun Suzuki, Sion Sono, Kim Ki-duk and Hirokazu Koreeda. In 2009, he directed Looking for the Cherry Blossoms, which premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival. They Say Nothing Stays the Same is his first feature-length film.

"First of all, I had my doubts about a world that is based on capitalism. Capitalism created a competitive society, and I had a feeling that we are living in a world where convenience is valued most highly and things sufficient unto themselves are not. It's like the most important things are swept away and value is measured in time and money. This leaves me with great uncertainty and a vague unease about how I am currently living my life. There are many things vanishing in the development of civilization. As the world becomes more ‘convenient', tradition and culture become unnecessary. Nature gets destroyed and we lose something precious. I desired to figure out what true happiness is and what is important in life, through the character of a boatman." [Joe Odagiri]

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