Urban, Natural, Human - exploring Japan on screen
Ascent + short
Sat 11 December 2021
Urban, Natural, Human is a touring programme curated by Day for Night, exploring Japanese architecture, design and landscape.
With its core themes of the built and natural environments in contemporary Japan, the programme reflects on regeneration, recovery and creativity, framed through historical, current and future contexts. The project also takes on a fresh relevance in light of the pandemic, as we adapt and rethink our relationship to space, collective gathering and the built environment around us, pointing to broader discourses concerning our place as humans in an ever-changing world.
dir. Fiona Tan, Japan/Netherlands 2016, 81 mins, docufiction
Fragments of letters between a writer and her deceased partner, Hiroshi, recounting a journey up Mount Fuji, are interspersed with ruminations on war-time and post-war Japanese society and culture. Comprising 150 still images of Mount Fuji – from archival material to amateur photos – acclaimed artist, Fiona Tan, crafts an extraordinary portrait of Japan's most revered mountain. Balanced delicately between documentary and fiction, Ascent is at once an ode to Japan’s great icon, a reflection on the social history of 20th century Japan, a study of grief and a meditation on the nature of photography and film.
Short: Cine Nouveau 20th Anniversary Project
dir. Kaori Oda, 4 mins
For the 20th anniversary of an arthouse film theatre in Osaka, three photographers record its history and four days of restoration work.