AIDA: A NATURAL-BORN ARTIST (Shogo Watanabe, Japan). 99 minutes. Subtitled. Rating: NNNN
In Japan, the land of conformity and regimentation, unkempt, chain-smoking contemporary artist Aida Makoto is an anomaly, and this fascinating doc captures him in all his contradictions as he procrastinates on two massive projects, one depicting heaps of dead salarymen.
Makoto doesn't reveal much about his process or inspirations - he seems obsessed with sailor-suited girls - but Shogo Watanabe's camera catches everything, including his loving if slightly frustrated artist wife, a son who seems to have inherited his dad's ADHD, and what it's like to live a bohemian life in middle age.
Apr 27, 7:15 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4; Apr 28, 1:15 pm, Cumberland 3; May 5, 1:15 pm, Cumberland 3.