On October 28th and 29th Cinematographic Journey – Japanese visions, the cinematographic review by esterni, brings to Palazzo Litta Cultura a special selection of feature films and short films, an unusual journey to discover Japan. The special section is part of the exhibition The Yokohama Project 1867-2017 by Giada Ripa, in Japan after 150 years following the footsteps of Mathilde Ruinart and Felice Beato.
Cinematographic Journey. Japanese visions
curated by esterni
5 pm – Short film selection by caRTe bLaNChe Part 1
7 pm – Out there by Takehiro Ito, 2016
Palazzo Litta, Sala Azzurra
5 pm – Short film selection by caRTe bLaNChe Part 2
7 pm – Ama-San by Claudia Varejao, 2016
Palazzo Litta, Sala Azzurra
9 pm – Antiporno by Sion Sono, 2016
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Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th
5 pm – Palazzo Litta, Sala Azzurra
Short film selection by CaRTe bLaNChe / AA.VV. / Japan, France / 60’
Part 1 and Part 2
CaRTe bLaNChe, an international production and distribution company, primarily for Japanese films and visual images, launched operations in France in 2010. Working with young and independent film makers as well as visual artists who are ambitious to explore new cinematographic expression, the company aims to bring them a wide range of international opportunities through production, distribution and sales of their films as well as various publications.
Their main asset is the deep/integral/close relationships they have established with the directors and artists who trust them with their precious works.
CaRTe bLaNChe’s auteurist titles have already been screened and received awards at numerous international film festivals; Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Pompidou Center, Busan, Clermont-Ferrand, etc.
Costant presence into the programme of Milano Film Festival, in particular with works like Wonder and Poker by the master of animation Mirai Mizue and Summer’s Puke is Winter Delight by Sawako Kabuki, presented in Italy during the animated marathon of Milano Film Festiaval 2017.
Part 1 Programme
1) HAPPY BOGEYS Episode 12 by Takashi Kurihara
2) HEAVEN by Isamu Hirabayashi
3) FUTON by Yoriko Mizushiri
4) Residents of Fantasy by Hirofumi Nakamoto
5) New Tokyo Ondo by nuQ
6) Roto spread by Yoko Kuno
7) The Great Rabbit by Atsushi Wada
8) The Laughing Spider by Keiichi Tanaami
9) Ici, là et partout by Sawako Kabuki
10) Grooming by Nao Yoshigai
11) WONDER by Mirai Mizue
Part 2 Programme
1) Silent Passengers by Hirofumi Nakamoto
2) TRACK by TOCHKA
3) MAKU by Yoriko Mizushiri
4) Modern No.2 by Mirai Mizue
5) COLUMBOS by Kawai+Okamura
6) Airy Me by Yoko Kuno
7) In a Pig’s Eye by Atsushi Wada
8) matou by Isamu Hirabayashi
9) ANAL JUKE by Sawako Kabuki
7 pm – Palazzo Litta, Sala Azzurra
Out There by Takehiro Ito / Japan, Taiwan / 2016 / 142’ / Eyes Films
Second work by Takehiro Ito, Out There is a job on cinema and on the genesis of an opera, a reflection on the concepts of heimat and memory.
In a city between Tokyo and Taipei, the filmmaker talks about the genesi of a film never realized. Ito built a manysided work: a documentary, a film inside a film, a love story, a drift story.
Tokyo. Or perhaps Taipei. Out There constantly navigates between both cities, and the clues dropped by Takehiro Ito as to where the action takes place vanish just as you were about to grasp them. This is the story of a film that never happened. Ito is similar to his lead character, a director: in a suspended state, with a failed project between his hands. His film needs a new actor in order to exist again. This actor is Ma (as himself), born in Taiwan, who wanders around Tokyo on roller blades. More than for a place, he is searching for an emotion: the feeling of being home. The two men wonder how one can exist in this world. Travelling back and forth through secret gates between Tokyo and its former colony Taiwan, OUT THERE unfolds a multiple structure: in turns a documentary, a film within a film, a love story and the story of a drift. Following Edward Yang’s footsteps (the film starts from a failed documentary project on this Taiwanese director), Ito pictures the city as the first witness of its times.
7 pm – Palazzo Litta, Sala Azzurra
Ama-San by Cláudia Varejão / Portugal, Japan, Switzerland/ 2016 / 113’ / Terratreme Filmes
Presented in competition at Festival dei Popoli 2016, Ama-San talks about the world of Ama, a community of female fishers between 50 and 85 years old that dived in the sea research seafood, shellfishes and pearls. Just a few keeps alive the local tradition that should be breached by the modern fishing techniques.
The Ama-San – the women of the sea – are diving since 2000 years in Japan for all sorts of seafood. Most of them are between 50 and 85 years old. What they do, calls into question not only the traditional role of women in oriental society, but also the very nature of femininity itself. The film follows the everyday lives of three women of different ages who, for 30 years, have dived together in the sea around a small fishing village on the Shima peninsular. Shot between the silent, underwater world and rural life on land, this film is a unique portrait of a tradition that is not expected to survive much longer.
9 pm – Teatro Litta
ANTIPORNO by Sion Sono / Japan / 2016 / 77’ / Django Film, Nikattsu
Presented as a preview at the last Torino Film Festival, ANTIPORNO pays tribute to a piece of Japanese cinema history, the Roman Porno, with an analysis and an unconventional destruction, confuses and impress with a superbe photography, electric and psychedelic.
A 21-year-old Kyoko is an up-and-coming artist filled with self-confidence. She often falls in to a slump and takes her frustration out on a 36-year-old assistant, Noriko, while overstating her creativity and artistry. Kyoko behaves like an absolute “queen” and humiliates Noriko sexually in front of staff. “Cut!”, someone says suddenly. It is actually a filming location. Just then, it is Noriko that begins to berate Kyoko in violent terms. Noriko is well-experienced actress in reality. Their relationship between “a queen and a slave” is totally reversed. One film is shot within a film; another film is shot within the film, like a matrioshka. Sono expresses the reversing truth/falsity and strength/weakness through its subtle plot and the repeated descriptions of a disgraceful sex.