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FILMS

Under Snow

Sub zăpadă

74 films in 13 categories
Ulrike Ottinger
Germany
103'


2011
Photo Film

V.O.

German, Japanese

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Unter Schnee

CATEGORY

ULRIKE OTTINGER - CINEMA WITHOUT FRONTIERS

synopsis

Any Western filmmaker who aims to explore a culture radically different than their own and particularly dense, like the Japanese culture, finds themselves confronted with an enigma that is as complicated as it is seductive. The most inspired ones, from Chris Marker to Werner Herzog, didn’t stop at capturing the mere unfolding of life, but they added a layer of fiction, of artifice, of imagination, because they understood the central role played by the invisible in Far Eastern philosophy and spirituality. The same thing is intuited by Ulrike Ottinger, and her solution is to weave a narrative that includes several folk or high literature stories which sometimes advance in parallel and other times intersect the daily life of the people from Japan’s Echigo region. The latter is also known as “The Land of Snow” and, in consequence, people have accommodated their activities and rituals so as to be in harmony with the exceptional meteorological conditions. And it is only this fact, in such contradiction with the modern attitude which tries to make nature bend to the needs of the human species, that indicates to the viewer that they have entered a realm where time flows in a different manner. The snow which flattens and makes the space uniform might seem to empoverish the visual dimension, but it also erases the marks of contemporaneity, allowing the filmmaker to make her characters evolve among the real situations with a naturalness rarely found in cinema – with the exception of, precisely, the Japanese cinema. (by Liri Alienor Chapelan)

awards and festivals

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013
Berlin International Film Festival 2012

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