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Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004

KANSAI: Who & What

The Osaka Collection fashion show this week: The Osaka Collection fashion show will be held Wednesday and Thursday at MID Theatre in Chuo Ward.

Held twice a year, the show was launched in 1987 to foster young talent and invigorate the fashion industry in the Kansai region.

The November collection will feature works for next spring and summer by four emerging design groups and individuals, as well as those by Hiroko Koshino, a leading fashion figure from Osaka, and by two other international designers, Jean-Pierre Braganza, a Britain-born Canadian, and Kwak Hyun Joo of South Korea.

The first day will feature a show by the young designers, starting at 7 p.m., preceded by a joint show at 2 p.m. by Braganza and Kwak, while on Thursday Koshino's show will be held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets to attend one show are 3,000 yen in advance and 4,000 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available until Tuesday at ticket agency Ticket Pia and Lawson convenience stores.

For more information, call the show's executive committee at (06) 6222-3338.

European film festival kicks off in Osaka: The 11th annual Osaka European Film Festival will be held from Saturday to Nov. 23 at Kaiyukan Hall in Minato Ward.

Eight feature films and six short movies will be screened. Most will be shown for the first time in Japan.

The films include "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus"), a hit French movie about a new music teacher and boys at a strict boarding school, and "Sixteen Years of Alcohol," a British film from 2003 depicting the redemption of an angry young man mired in alcohol and violence in Edinburgh.

On Monday, there will be no showing at Kaiyukan Hall, but "De Zaak Alzheimer," a Dutch-language film made in 2003, will be aired at 6:30 p.m. at WTC Hall in Suminoe Ward.

All movies will be shown with Japanese subtitles.

The fee for one screening is 1,200 yen in advance and 1,500 yen at the door. Advance tickets are available at ticket agency Ticket Pia and Lawson convenience stores.

Other showings and related events will be held in and around the city. The SPLENDOR program, which is being held daily through Nov. 24 at Kuchu Teien Tenbodai observatory on the 40th floor of the Umeda Sky Building in Kita Ward, is showing DVDs of nine Italian cinematic masterpieces set in Rome, such as "Mamma Roma" and "Fellini Roma."

No fee is required for the SPLENDOR screenings, except for entrance to the observatory, which costs 700 yen.

For schedules and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6882-6211 or visit its Web site at www.oeff.jp/

Multimedia program scheduled for Kobe: A joint performance of music, dance and visual arts will take place as part of the Osaka European Film Festival at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Canadian Academy international school in Higashi-Nada Ward, Kobe.

Rubio Quartet from Belgium and Japanese pianist Rikuya Terashima will play several compositions inspired by or written for films and theatrical works.

In one composition, the quintet will be accompanied by a dance performance of Heidi Durning and artworks of Sarah Brayer, both residents of Kyoto.

The programs include "Woman by the Sea," a piece for piano and string quartet written by John McCabe. The British composer took inspiration for the piece from "Sansho Dayu," a 1954 film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Durning, a dancer from Switzerland, choreographed the composition and will perform it for the first time, wearing a kimono painted by Brayer, an American artist, and using a paper screen by Brayer as a backdrop.

Tickets are 1,000 yen for students and 1,500 yen for others.

For tickets and details, call Canadian Academy at (078) 857-0100.

Osaka professor to discuss Egypt: The Minoh Association for Global Awareness, a foundation based in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture, will host an English-speaking discussion with a guest from Egypt from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 at the foundation's office.

The session is part of MAFGA's "Danwashitsu" discussion series held seven times a year with the goal of sharing various views and a wide range of knowledge through conversations with non-Japanese residents.

The guest speaker for November is Samy Soliman Ahmed, a professor at Osaka University of Foreign Studies in Minoo, who will speak about his home country and Egyptian women in modern times.

Participation is 500 yen.

For applications and more information, call MAFGA at (072) 727-6912, fax (072) 727-6920 or e-mail info@mafga.or.jp

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