追臆のダンス (Tsuioku no dansu)
(Naomi Kawase, 2002)
Kawase filma a petición de su protagonista, Kazuo Nishii, los últimos días de éste, que se enfrenta a la muerte,
postrado la mayor parte del tiempo en una cama. Mantiene una conversación el él,
habla de sus miedos, de su vida, un poco de todo...
Además, Kawase aprovecha la situación para reflexionar sobre su propio cine...
No le gusta la palabra documental... piensa si basta con poner
una cámara y apretar un botón para tener una película, etc.... Silien-Allzine.org
Nishii Kazuo, a photo critic. He is the last chief editor for the Camera Mainichi magazine,
rushing through his time with Araki Nobuyoshi and Moriyama Daido as provocative artists in the
photograph world. In the fall of 2001, Kawase receives a call from Nishii. "I cannot live longer than
two months. Would you film me, to my last breath? I'll count on you, Kawase."
His saying "count on you" sticks in Kawase's head, and on the following day she starts visiting him
in the hospice in Tokyo with a camera. The time left for Nishii gradually and surely passes, and
Kawase tries to film the inspirations she gets from his existence.
Nishii also tries hard to answer what she questions while coughing in front of the camera.
Furthermore, he points his still camera to take photos of Kawase at the same time she films him.
Here, two persons film each other, and their spiritual exchange is being represented through each
camera. This is not a hospital diary. This is a story of memory; Nishii and Kawase reach each
other's hearts by sharing the same moment. This is a story of token, a token of life. Nishii, while
being in the sickbed, wraps up two books, and ends his life on 25th of November 2001.
What I am doing is to leave something behind in this world. I'm filming under this simple theme. I
film photographs, words, voices, smiles, tears. And it sometimes brings me pain, heartache. At
least, the miraculous fact that I met you drives my life as an auteur. I simply present it back to you.
- Kawase Naomi
2002/65min/VTR+８mm→digitalβ cameraOne of Japan's leading female directors, Kawase Naomi first came to international attention
in 1997 when she became the youngest winner of the Cannes Caméra d'Or with her debut feature
Moe no Suzaku. Ten years later, she won the Grand Prix at the 30th Cannes Film Festival with her
acclaimed film The Mourning Forest. Though better known for her full-length narrative films, Kawase
has spent most of her filmmaking career working with documentaries, often of an autobiographical
nature. Continuously pointing the camera at her own life, she has turned her relentless search for
self into compelling film, from her attempts to understand the father who abandoned her as a child
(Embracing, Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth) to essays about the grandmother who raised her
(Katatsumori). Kawase is equally adept at observing others as evident in Letter from a Yellow Cherry
Blossom, an intimate portrait of the final days of photo critic and editor Kazuo Nishii, and The Wield
which follows groups of elderly people living in the mountains of Nara. This Kawase Naomi
documentary boxset is a rare opportunity to see eight of her documentaries, including early works
that have never been theatrically released.
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Enlaces en DD (para ayudar a la distribución):
Ripeo propio anamórfico partiendo del DVD editado en Japón por Kumie en 2008.
Los subtítulos ingleses están sacados del propio DVD (de la copia que los llevaba quemados) y los españoles son traducción de Silien (allzine.org), adaptados por mí a este ripeo.
Los subs van incluidos en el mkv.