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Film festivals don’t take place in isolation: An interesting city makes for a more interesting festival, unless you are the sort of movie nerd who sees six films a day and lives on convenience store sandwiches.

This is especially true of the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, whose fourth edition took place from Oct. 12 to 15 at venues around the city. It’s not only that Kyoto itself was long a center of the Japanese film industry and is still a trove of art, both ancient and modern: With the backing of Yoshimoto Kogyo, a major talent agency with deep roots in the Kansai region, KIFF stages only-in-Kyoto experiences that set it apart from the festival run.

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