In this program, I have mainly selected Japanese independent works from the past five years which were made by artists who continually create new films. Many directors are in their thirties and twenties, and this generation leads the Japanese independent scene today. Their works feature naive, delicate and highly abstract works.
Programme curator: Koji Yamamura, independent animator, illustrator, curator, professor at Tokyo University of the Arts
16+ | Running time 70 min.
Japan | 05:00 | 2019
The film is based on Bergson’s book ‘Creative Evolution’ and the modern art history related to the birth of Delaunay’s abstract art works. The creative worlds of Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Delaunay and many artists to be connected each other. And the new story of evolution of life begins. Where do I come From? What am I? Where am I going? Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? Life keeps traveling across the universe.
Japan | 11:10 | 2017
Dear Mr. Vivaldi, First, I apologize for setting your music to animation without your permission. Furthermore, I know it was presumptuous of me to make my own interpretations of your work and introduce otters and various other animals that you almost certainly didn't have in mind. But, I really felt a strong desire to use animals in visualizing your work, which portrays human activities set in the autumn. I wanted to depict "autumn" that includes it all - humans and animals, hunters and the hunted, dreams and reality. I appreciate your understanding. Sincerely, Atsushi Wada
Japan | 01:14 | 2018
I synchronized the sound of baby’s irritated crying with depictions of frustration I have experienced during my life. Everyone was born crying and grew up crying. I became an adult, but I yearn to be a baby again.
Japan | 13:00 | 2016
A parade for three managers and four performers, mixing quotes taken from French composer Erik Satie's essays on the music he composed for the 1916 ballet "Parade". The famous realist ballet is brought back to life.
Japan | 04:55 | 2014
DARK MIXER makes the rotoscoping function as "Motion dépaysement" that means to move a motion from a footage, combine, juxtapose, and transform into a new motion. The generated motion are not clear in meaning, but attempt to create new continuity.
Japan | 05:25 | 2014
Kyogen Stage/Eye Examination Room/Sushi Bar Counter, there are two people who face each other in each space. Each pair keeps a few distance between their partners and find some fearful, tender, and comfortable feelings that fascinate them. The feelings are put into practice immediately, and they start groping each feelings.
Japan | 06:41 | 2015
Yoshiro Ishihara (1915–1977), who burst upon the scene of Japanese modern poetry in the mid-1950s, is now remembered as a "poet of silence". He said "A poem is an impulse to resist writing". This is an attempt to seek out the landscape from his poem.
Japan | 06:51 | 2015
There are small people wearing hats in the society.
Japan | 04:00 | 2019
Here is the world’s first animation made to be watched by chimpanzees. Just for this once, we will show it to you humans.
Japan | 04:23 | 2014
One day out of blue Prof. Banno of next class came to school with his hair shaven. Students made fun of his baldhead. Prof. Banno flew in a hot-air balloon the other day. Nobody knows anything about him afterwards.
Japan | 04:56 | 2017
One day the protagonist watches a movie with friends. She finds the film to be boring and reveals her discontent, but somehow nobody agrees with her.
Japan | 02:17 | 2018
The borderland between sleeping and waking is the moment when the daughter melds into her father.
Japan | 06:27 | 2019
The house rattling spirit has lived in this old house for generations. But the elderly woman who lives there as the final resident can no longer hear the noises it makes, which leaves the house rattler filled with a sense of longing