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Interview with Chie HAYAKAWA on her debut feature : Plan 75 (2022)

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  (Interview conducted via email in octobre 2022) UNSPOKEN CINEMA : You studied abroad in NYC, what were your influences in the realm of photography and cinema (Japanese ones as well as foreign ones) ? Chie HAYAKAWA : Photography: Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Mario Giacomelli, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Shoji Ueda   U.C. : What was the subject of your first short film «  Plan 75  », the short film produced by Kore-eda (director of  After-Life ), precursor of this present feature-length film. C.H. : Short version of  PLAN 75  was one of 5 collections   of short films from  TEN YEARS JAPAN  (2018) depicting Japanese society 10 years   later, for which Kore-eda served as executive producer. When I was first contacted by a producer of  TYJ , I already had a concept of  PLAN 75  as a feature film as an ensemble drama with 5 main characters.   To make it 18-minute short film, I picked one character and focused on his story. It’s about a salesman (mun

The Man With No Name (2009) WANG Bing

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THE MAN WITH NO NAME (2009/WANG Bing) Opening sequence After a brief landscape shot of an arid countryside covered by a thin snow where an abandonned house made of earth stands, in close up, a man with the dirty face of a miner extracts himself from the fracture of a dry mud hill as if he exited a coal shaft, smoking a home-made cigarette. He walks off on the snowy roads with empty bags under his arm. On the dirt path, frail but poised, now carrying two heavy bags strapped with ropes on his back. He walks a long time on snowy roads. He then empties the bags full of earth in the middle of a snowy field and starts to stomp the fresh mount flat. On his way back, he picks up dried horses dungs with his bare hands in the middle of the road to fill up his empty bags. A caveman in modern times This old man, starring in every shots, comes out as a rural vagabond, a loner abandonned by all, who lives like a stray dog into his hole in the ground. He is a castaway surviving from a wreckage like

Please participate in a Contemplative Cinema spectatorship study (Jakob Boer)

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  Participants needed for scientific research Introduction For my PhD-research project at The University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and Macquarie University Sydney (Australia), I study the audience experience of contemplative or slow cinema. For my research I am looking for (adult) viewers who have an interest in this type of film and who have watched at least one or more contemplative film(s).  Aim of the study This study should contribute to an enhanced understanding of the viewing mode and the possible effects of slow cinema spectatorship. Using qualitative methods, I investigate how people experience and appreciate these films and my study ultimately aims to theorize the possible aesthetic, salutary and ethical values slow cinema might have for the audience. What will you do? For this study, you will participate in an online interview (in English, 1 hour max.) about your experience of watching a selected film. Additionally, you will fill out a short online questionnaire (which

WANG Bing à Rennes 2022

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"Wang Bing à la trace" exposition à la galerie Art & essai du campus de l'université Rennes 2 du 14 janvier au 26 février 2022 Commissariat : Antony Fiant 3 continents - 3 questions #6 Wang Bing ( YouTube ) Festival des 3 continents (1er février 2022) 4'34"

A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces (2021) by Shengze ZHU - 3 continents

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  A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES (2021/Shengze ZHU/USA-China) Séances spéciales du festival des 3 continents OPENING SEQUENCE Right away we notice these first two images are from a CCTV surveillance camera. A rough resolution, with bright RGB colours, as if it didn’t belong on a cinema screen. There are writings burnt into the screen, with a date (April the 4th 2020) and a clock marking the passing of time. A high angle point of view, from a building a few stories high, or from a street post. The shot frames the intersection of two streets, with cars, a couple motorcycles and pedestrians (who were absent from the previous shot). When suddenly an emergency horn blasts the painful sound of a one-note siren out of nowhere. Everybody pauses and looks around. The city is Wuhan, in China (epicenter of this worldwide pandemic). The siren lasted for several minutes. The event was a « carefully orchestrated national day of mourning ». We ignore how the lockdown affected the inhabitants

Mon festival - 3 continents

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Ma participation cette année au festival des 3 continents à Nantes fût un voyage formidable. Une atmosphère fort sympathique en ville, et un esprit très cinéphile dans les salles. Des spectateurs jeunes et moins jeunes. Et personne ne sort avant la fin du film, même pour les films contemplatifs les plus éprouvants. C’est un public fidèle et passionné, heureux de retrouver le grand écran. Des projections entre le Quatorza (qui dédie 3 salles à la compétition), le Cinématographe ou le Concorde (1 salle chacun), entre autres…   A New Old Play , a été une surprenante entrée en matière pour mon festival. Entièrement tourné en studio, avec des décors théâtraux irréels, peints à la main, c’est une fresque d’un demi-siècle de l’histoire de la Chine qui se déroule sous nos yeux. Chaque scénette raconte la vie remémorée d’un orphelin adopté par une troupe d’Opéra Chinois, devenu directeur de troupe à son tour. A la veille de son passage à l’au-delà, deux démons gentils le raccompagnent vers le

Albert SERRA présente Honor de Cavalleria

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Lundi 6 décembre 2021 : En collaboration avec l’Institut Cervantes-Bordeaux et les étudiants de l’Université Bordeaux-Montaigne HONOR DE CAVALLERIA - Cinéma Utopia Bordeaux (cinemas-utopia.org) Le subversif Albert Serra introduisait Honor de Cavalleria ainsi :  « Restez calme. C’est long mais c’est beau » Débat après la projection avec les étudiants en cinéma : Je déteste le cinéma, les réalisateurs, les acteurs, le théâtre, l’art contemporain… J’ai tourné mon premier film, Honor de Cavalleria, avec une bande de copains, avec des acteurs non-professionnels trouvés sur place dans mon village natal. La caméra enregistre mieux que ton propre œil. Pas la peine d’écran retour pour vérifier la scène. Et si j’écoute les dialogues au casque je me tourne ailleurs pour ne pas regarder les acteurs (pour me concentrer sur le jeu dans les dialogues) C’est trop long de parler de la direction d’acteur. On en parle pas. Le tournage idéal dure 3 semaines. A quatre semaines, les acteurs prennent conf