Tue, 19.03.2019 - 19:30 - Special Program


A real and fictional journey that takes place in the Kansai region of Japan. This route, reconstructed using digital techniques, begins with the discovery of the city of Osaka and then takes us to Suita.

Japan/France 2017, 15 min, Color, muted // Live music by Markus Güntner

Director: Pierre Jean Giloux, DoP: Pierre Jean Giloux
Production & Contact: Solang Production Paris Brussels


A life form wakes up in an unknown, mysterious world. As it goes deeper, it slowly understands what kind of place it is. It has to make a choice whether to stay or not.

Japan 2014, 12 min, Color, muted // Live music by DJ Bombsiteboy

Director: Shunsuke Saito
Production: Shunsuke Saito
Contact: Aki Isoyama


Scraps of deciduous films and photographs accumulate and eventually create new scenes.

Japan 2018, 11 min, Color, muted // Live music by &Lager

Director: Keitaro Oshima
Production: Keitaro Oshima
Contact: Light Cone


Macoto Tezka was 18 when he won the PIA Film Festival short film competition with a 15-minute remake of Spielberg‘s CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. UNK’s charming special effects are still as potent today as the film material scratched and painted by hand that was used in the final sequence.

Japan 1979, 16 min, Color & b/w, muted // Live music by Maritim

Director: Macoto Tezka
Production: Macoto Tezka
Contact: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Gesa Knolle, Angelika Ramlow, Carsten Zimmer


After leaving his wife at the hospital, a man becomes lost in abstract dimensions with a treasure trove of visual association potential.

Japan 2012, 13 min, Color, muted // Live music by Loonytune

Director: Shinsaku Hidaka, Editing: Shinsaku Hidaka
Production & Contact: Shinsaku Hidaka


In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement has accelerated and gradually causes a distortion.

Japan 2017, 10 min, Color, muted // Live music by Flake

Director: Shunsaku Hayashi, DoP: Shunsaku Hayashi
Production & Contact: Shunsaku Hayashi


Toshio Matsumoto was a key theoretician and director of Japanese documentary, feature and avant-garde films. Matsumoto‘s influence on all levels of Japanese film culture is the same as Jean-Luc Godard‘s in Western cultures, with one major difference: Matsumoto‘s ideas were equally important for all production cultures of Japanese cinema, whether large studio productions or small experimental film projects. But Matsumoto‘s influence extends far beyond Japan‘s borders: his most famous film, the feature-length BARA NO SOURETSU (A FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES, 1969), is considered a direct influence on Stanley Kubrick‘s Clockwork Orange. His diverse oeuvre ranges from political-poetic essays to expanded cinema and structuralist retreats to highlights of video art. The film Connection is an example of absolute film.

Japan 1981, 9 min, Color, muted // Live music by Donnabella Servače

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Production: Toshio Matsumoto
Contact: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Gesa Knolle, Angelika Ramlow, Carsten Zimmer


Shūji Terayama was an avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. Many critics view him as one of the most productive and provocative creative artists to come out of Japan. He has been cited as an influence on various Japanese filmmakers from the 1970s onward. With his avant-garde works, Terayama repeatedly caused controversy. In this humorous film, the world beyond the door changes infinitely.

Japan 1975, 16 min, Color, muted // Live music by TomTiger

Director: Shūji Terayama, DoP: Fumikazu Fukumoto, Editing: Tomoyo Oshima
Production: Jinriki Hikoki Sha
Contact: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V., Gesa Knolle, Angelika Ramlow, Carsten Zimmer

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