LitFilm 2023: The Strangest Stranger

Fri, Feb 17 2023
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

BPL Presents film litfilm


Documentary, dir. by Magnus Bärtås
Sweden, 2017, 73 min

In Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Beach, a mysterious man appears, who calls himself Johnnie Walker. Is he modelled on Tokyo-based art impresario Joni Waka, or is it the other way around? A self-proclaimed outsider who claims to come from an age-old Jewish lineage, charismatic and talkative Waka is a true chameleon, cultivating his entire life story as fiction. Ignoring all social norms, he sees himself as a 'henna gaijin', the strangest among strangers, and uses this position as a space of freedom to stage his life and create an everyday comedy.

All screenings are free but require reservations. Times subject to change. For the full LitFilm roster, go here.

LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival About Writers is made possible with support from BPL’s Fund for the Humanities. BPL Presents programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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Documentary, dir. by Magnus Bärtås
Sweden, 2017, 73 min

In Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Beach, a mysterious man appears, who calls himself Johnnie Walker. Is he modelled on Tokyo-based art impresario Joni Waka, or is it the other way around? A self-proclaimed outsider who claims to come from an age-old Jewish lineage, charismatic and talkative Waka is a true chameleon, cultivating his entire life story as fiction. Ignoring all social norms, he sees himself as a 'henna gaijin', the strangest among strangers, and uses this position as a space of freedom to stage his life and create an everyday comedy.

All screenings are free but require reservations. Times subject to change. For the full LitFilm roster, go here.

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