Screening

Ascent

8 Oct 2016

Event times

9pm

Cost of entry

£16.00 - £17.60

BFI Southbank

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Waterloo, Embankment and Charing Cross.

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Using dazzling images of Mount Fuji from across the history of photography, the mountain inspires the artist on both a philosophical and romantic journey.

About

The beautiful and mysterious Mount Fuji is the site for an adventure of the imagination for a western female artist and her soulful male Japanese correspondent. We go on a metaphorical journey with them up the mountain, crossing geographical, temporal and cultural divides. Employing a collection of dazzlingly varied still images spanning the history of photography, the mountain becomes a breathtaking cultural monolith, inspiring the artist to uncover different paths and to muse on the significance of its dominant presence in Japanese history, religion and philosophy. By combining fiction and documentary, the film is able to explore the intersections between Japanese and Western art and popular culture, from Van Gogh’s passion to the perspectival simplicity of Japanese designs to Hokusai’s woodblock print of ‘The Wave’ that adorns tea towels and drinks coasters around the world. There is even the saviour-monster, Godzilla, who battles with the US imperialist equivalent, King Kong. Evoking both the insight and lyricism of Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil and emotional complexity of Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima Mon Amour, Fiona Tan’s wonderful film captures the paradox of existing in time and space without movement. Profound stillness.

Dir-Prod-Scr Fiona Tan
With Hiroki Hasegawa, Fiona Tan
Netherlands 2016
80min
Prod Co Antithesis Films

Exhibiting artists

Fiona Tan

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