Mount Fuji seen from a moving train

Mt Fuji-1

HD Video , 121 minutes.

Synopsis:

This is a poetic and animated meditation based on the impressions that left on me my two trips in Japan, in 2003 and  in 2018. In both cases, I brought back images and sounds and also captures of my performances, most notably one with the dancer-choreographer Teita Iwabushi, that constitutes one of the threads i of the film. There is no story as such, but a formal construction, with both sounds and images, based on a stylistic and technical multidisciplinary approach that connects  dance, calligraphy, and scratching on film. The  continuity is made of a series of line of tension : scratched on film animation / live sound recorded in pubic places; listening to a language you don’t understand/ the immanent emotional power of the spoken word; contemporary life / remembrance of traditions; the fluidity of the passing time / the remembrance of the past disasters (like the atomic bomb in Nagasaki and the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima) where the Japanese society had a glance on the specter of annihilation and could demonstrate its resilence. The completion of the film actually coincide with the tenth aniversary of Fukushima.

In a certain way, the film tries to answer a fictional question : what is to be seen of Japan when Mount Fuji is invisible,  lost in the clouds? Evocation of a paradoxal invisibility.

Credits:

direction, production, shooting, animation, editing : Pierre Hébert

dance : Teita Iwabuchi

music:

John Barrett , composition for piano and vibraphone (while time chimes otherwise)

Malcolm Goldstein, violin improvisation

John Heward, drums improvisation

Yuichi Matsumoto, programmed toy instruments

Various unknown musics recorded in public places in Japan

 

Étienne Noreau-Hébert, sound recording in Shinjuku, February 2020.

Claude Beaugrand, extra sound editing.

Luc Boudrias, sound mixing

Yuka Sato, translation in Japanese.


 

Screenings and festivals : World premiere during a complete Places and monuments retrospective, Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, May 11 2021; Annecy International Animation Festival, Contrechamp features competition, June 15  2021; Ottawa International Animation Festival, features competiton, September 2021.

Texts and reviews:

Text by Pierre Hébert about  the sources of the film, published on the online cinema magazine, Hors-champ.

Review byLouis-Jean Descazes, published in 24 images.

Review by Nicolas Thys, in his daily coverage of the Annecy Festival, 24 images.

Review by Allan Hunter in Screen Daily, June 14 2021.

Interview by Karine Boulanger published by Vidéographe.

 

 


Trailers

one minute trailer.

2:24 min. trailer

 


 

Gallery of drawings of the Yakushima Island forest.

 

Yakushima.6-4

 

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