July 12, 2017, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Nikkatsu International Sales invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


Written and Directed by SCA Alumna Naoko Ogigami

Followed by a Q&A with Naoko Ogigami

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Official Selection: 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, 2017 Outfest Film Festival.

About Close-Knit

This warm, witty exploration of unconventional family and unconditional love won the Teddy Jury Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The award's message of solidarity and equality is epitomized in this film, hailed by critics as breaking new ground for trans narratives in Japanese cinema.

At 11, Tomo learned self-sufficiency early on. Her mother regularly disappears for days, sometimes weeks, leaving Tomo to raise herself. As always, Uncle Makio takes Tomo in until her mom resurfaces, but he explains things are different; he now lives with his trans girlfriend Rinko. Tomo is shy at first, but gradually the unfamiliar domesticity of this loving household begins to feel like home. The trio forms a family unit, comically embarking on a knitting project to commemorate Rinko's legal name change. Labeled "freak family" by her classmates and interrogated by child protective services, Tomo's growing awareness of the prejudice surrounding them draws her even closer to Rinko.

Using surprising humor and emotional depth, and intentionally casting superstars Tôma Ikuta and Kenta Kiritani to put a spotlight on on the status of transgender rights in Japan, Naoko Ogigami's film is quietly subversive in its humanizing portrayal of an LGBTQ family.

Provided courtesy of Nikkatsu International Sales. Not rated. Running time: 127 minutes. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

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About the Guest

NAOKO OGIGAMI (Screenwriter, Director, SCA Alumna)

Her directorial debut Barber Yoshino (2003) earned a Special Mention at the Kinder Film Fest of the Berlin International Film Festival. Her 2006 film Kamome Diner became a huge hit and helped to establish a new genre of Japanese film. MEGANE - Glasses (2007) earned attention at several international film festivals in 2008, including the Sundance, Hong Kong and San Francisco International Film Festivals, and received the Manfred Salzgeber Award at the Berlin International FilmFestival. Toilet (2010) received the 61st Rookie Award of Art Encouragement from the Education Minister of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, and Rent-a-Cat (2012) was featured in the Panorama section of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Close-Knit is an original production based on Ogigami’s screenplay.

  • 2001 Hoshino-Kun, Yumeno-Kun  Best Music Award at the 2001 Pia Film Festival.
  • 2003 Barber Yoshino  Special Mention at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival’s Kinder Film Fest.
  • 2005 Koi wa Go-Shichi-Go!
  • 2006 Kamome Diner  Focus on World Cinema at the 30th Montreal World Film Festival.
  • 2007 MEGANE - Glasses  Panorama Section and Manfred Salzgeber Award at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention in the World Cinema Section at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival, and numerous other awards.
  • 2010 Toilet  61st Rookie Award of Art Encouragement from the Education Minister of Japan.
  • 2012 Rent-a-Cat  Panorama Section at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open EXCLUSIVELY to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago