Urban, Natural, Human - exploring Japan on screen
Tokyo Ride + short
Sun 12 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. Bêka & Lemoine, France 2021, 90 mins, doc
Video-artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka's and Louise Lemoine's latest film is a unique take on the road movie genre as it follows renowned Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa driving through Tokyo in his vintage Alfa Romeo. Along the way, he talks about his close relationship with his home city and buildings that have influenced him as well as some of his own architectural projects. Rather than a portrait of this award-winning architect as such, the film exudes a certain spontaneity as Nishizawa drifts through the streets of Tokyo.
Short: SHIBUYA - TOKYO
dir. Tomonari Nishikawa, Japan 2010, 10 mins
Views around the exits of 20 stations between Shibuya to Tokyo on the Yamanote Line, one of Tokyo's busiest train lines forming a loop connecting the city's major stations.
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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