Public Screening #04: Shinsuke Ogawa: Nippon-koku Furuyashiki-mura, July 11, 2017, Arsenal

July 11, 2017
7 pm
Arsenal, Cinema 2

In the catalogue of the 14th International Forum of New Cinema in 1984, where NIPPON-KOKU FURUYASHIKI-MURA (Shinsuke Ogawa) was screened, a comprehensive production note is printed: “At 2 pm on August 31st, the camera captures the rice flowering in the field…. There is no sign that a rush of cold air masses is already on its way. One month later though, the camera shows that the not a single one of the rice flowers has turned into actual rice. […] As a result, Yoshio and the Ogawa production company formed a team and started experimenting with cold air”. The films of Shinsuke Ogawa connect political commitment with a thirst for research and stamina, whether on the side of the Japanese student movement, when opposing the construction of the Narita International Airport or finally, as is the case here, in this precise, emphatic observation of rural life.

Nippon-koku Furuyashiki-mura
Shinsuke Ogawa
Japan 1983
16 mm OmU 210 min

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