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Tillack to facilitate BFF's showing of 'Departures' on Nov. 16

October 30, 2009

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Peter Tillack, professor of Japanese in Montana State University's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, will introduce the Bozeman Film Festival showing of the Japanese film, "Departures," scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, at Emerson Center for the Arts.

"Departures" (Okuribito), by director Yojiro Takita, was winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It is the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a devoted and unemployed cellist who answers a classified ad entitled "Departures" thinking it is for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a preparer of deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death and living.

Tillack will also facilitate a discussion following the film.

For more information about the film, go to

Peter Tillack (406) 994-6441,