Urban, Natural, Human - exploring Japan on screen
Memento Stella + 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. Makino Takashi, Japan/Hong Kong 2018, 60 mins, experimental
Japanese artist-filmmaker Makino Takashi takes us into his universe in this immersive abstraction in which he composites over 200 layers of digital footage to create an elegiac contemplation of life adrift in the universe. Accompanied by an equally sophisticated soundtrack, this layering of images allows for an interpretation unique to every viewer, while the title coined by Takashi serves as a reminder to "remember the stars" and "never forget that we too reside among the stars".
Please note: this film contains certain effects that may appear as flashing images.
Short: Our Cinemas
dir. Kaori Oda, 18 mins
Memories of a small film theatre are captured on 8mm film.
Screening as part of Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema, a
UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience
www.day-for-night.org/japan-2021 / www.bfijapan.co.uk
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