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Many filmmakers say the difficulties of adapting a best-selling novel to the screen can be daunting. How about the challenge of adapting a story by a foreign best-selling author (“All God’s Children Can Dance” by Haruki Murakami) from a country one had never visited (Japan) and to choose the project as a feature debut?

“As a first-time feature director, just the idea of taking on Murakami might not have been such a bright move,” says Robert Logevall, who had nurtured a career in TV and film production design in LA before embarking on this project. “It is a tall task to use such layered and beautiful material to craft your film, on top of it being your first.”

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