Detroit Film Theatre


BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO

Saturday, July 17, 2010 – Sunday, July 25, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/Japan/2009—directed by Jessica Oreck)

In a Tokyo pet shop, a little boy delights in selecting his new pet, a rainbow beetle (cost: $57). Japanese aesthetics — whether textiles, architecture, gardening or haiku — reflect a refined appreciation for both the diminutive and the transient. This “lovely, wondrous and delightful” [Time Out New York] documentary explores the amazing world of Japanese insect-lovers, from the sublime (families who visit the countryside to hear choruses of crickets or experience the flashes of light emitted by thousands of fireflies) to the ridiculous (cartoon beetles that infest the zeitgeist). With unabashed humor and tremendous originality, Jessica Oreck looks at the religious, literary, and philosophical underpinnings of a nation’s entomological obsession. Warning: You may look more kindly upon your home’s six-legged visitors after viewing. (90 min.)

“The film is entrancing.” –David Edelstein, New York Magazine
 
Saturday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 18 at 2:00 p.m.
 
Friday, July 23 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 24 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 25 at 4:00 p.m.