Visual artist Fiona Tan explores the boundaries of film and photography, of fiction and documentary with this ode to Japan's Mount Fuji, which consists solely of photographs. A versatile portrait that not only brings the iconic mountain to life, but also reflects on the differences between the Eastern versus the Western gaze and the eternal mountain versus changeable man.
Clouds hang in veils around the top of elegant Mount Fuji. Due to its photogenic character, it has been worshiped throughout the ages, as a god, but also as a beloved artistic subject. In her montage of an enormous amount of photographic material of the iconic mountain, Tan cuts across time, combining archival material with contemporary photos. The meandering, fictional dialogue between the English Mary and the deceased Japanese Hiroshi links the countless associations, lines of thought and leaps in time and perspective with the simple lines of Mount Fuji.
Directed by Fiona Tan
2016 120 min.
Nathalie Alonso Casale
Leo Anemaet, Hugo Dijkstal
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