Sakamoto Tribute – Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda [In-Person Only]

This event took place May 25 - May 27, 2023

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Members

Stephen Nomura Schible
Japan & US
1h 40m


(Stephen Nomura Schible, Japan & US, 2017, 100 min, in English & Japanese with English subtitles)

For the final film in our brief tribute to the works of Ryuichi Sakamoto, we jump forward a full three decades, to a profile of an artist at work as intimate as anything that cinema has ever produced.

Coda conveys a quiet, reflective period in Sakamoto’s life following his cancer diagnosis. Much more than a simple retrospective of his work, the film plumbs the depths of Sakamoto’s exploratory, hyper-perceptive relationship with sound itself. We follow him on various deep-listening expeditions – dangling a hydrophone into an icecap, playing a piano that survived the Fukushima nuclear disaster – as he shapes his late-career masterpiece async, and are given a rare glimpse into a delicate, often endearingly mundane creative process.

Throughout a lifetime of sonic experimentation, Sakamoto sought out new tones, rhythms, and textures – unique aural articulations of singular aspects of the world. His disposition to life, like this film, invites us to really contemplate sound; to listen closely for subtle complexities, and tune in to how they might speak to us, and what they might say.

Stills courtesy of MUBI. Synopsis by Chris Day.

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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