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Kitaro Kanematsu

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Kitaro Kanematsu

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President of the Japanese Society of Cinematographers
Japan

Born in Tokyo, 1937. Joined Shochiku Film Studios in 1957 and has made great contributions in creating multiple movies that represent Japan. Some of the movies he was associated with include “Higanbana”, “Akibiyori” (directed by Yasujiro Ozu), “Nagisa No Shiroi Ie”, and “Jiyuu Na Megamitachi”. Became an independent cinematographer in 1970, mainly concentrating on the production of television programs and commercials. At the Yokohama Visual Exhibition, he was in charge of running the IMAX project. Furthermore, he headed the production of a popular Japanese television program “Music・My・Love” for a year. He was appointed President of the Japanese Society of Cinematographers in 2002.

RECOMMENDATIONS

★5th Festival Recommended Movies★

The Smiling Dog

The Smiling Dog (8min.)

Director:Shohreh Jandaghian
Discrepancy between imaginative peace and reality. A precise shooting and editing technique. I enjoyed the inserted scenes where the pictures drawn by the girl were introduced. I had fun with the animation, especially in the last scene. If such a dog were to exist, our world will be a much better place.

On Earth as It Is in Heaven

On Earth as It Is in Heaven (21min.)

Director:Hervé Demers
I have an strong impression of the beautiful scenery characterized with the sound of wind. The indoor scene is also good. I enjoyed the following scenes: the girl running in the field toward the sun, the old man in the room with the imagery of the woman in his memory, the sandstorm, the floating petal in the stream, and the letter stating “I am fine.” I liked the heart-touching music as well. This is a great movie. However, I would like to ask the director why he selected to depict the image right after the long shot of the taxi and why he only shot the lower body during the conversation.

Chain Gestures (Gestos em Cadeia)

Chain Gestures (Gestos em Cadeia) (11min.)

Director:Carla Mota
The imagery is unique, even though this is a documentary. Great idea of using a fixed camera. Fixed-position shooting gives the movie a robust impression. Shooting angles were also appropriate.

Ata

Ata (26min.)

Director:Cagla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti
The beginning scene of the Turkish girl getting into a taxi gave me a strong impression due to the length of the cut. I like the scene where Uighur is dancing with the electric lamp. Throughout the movie, the direcors chose well-suited shooting locations and the camera work is exquisite.

DUCK&GOOSE

DUCK&GOOSE (28min.)

Director:Baek Seung Hoon
I didn't like the scene following scenes: the bike ride, the travel with the girl, from the station to the countryside, and the warm dinner at home. I believe that the director has a secretive intention for the scene of the smiling old woman, as well as the scene of looking into the room. In addition, the long cut is brilliant.

Tolerance

Tolerance (6min.)

Director:Ivan Ramadan
Beautiful and clear picture.

The Highway M8

The Highway M8 (20min.)

Director:Nadejda Zaretskaya
The beginning scenery is wonderful. Great lighting skill used for the indoor shooting. I enjoyed the overall shooting of changing clothes. Precise and clear film cutting technique. I have a strong impression of the girl's expression covered in mud at the river.

Don't let it all unravel

Don't let it all unravel (2min.)

Director:Sarah Cox
The process of unraveling the ball of yarn representing earth is excellent! Easy to understand.

The Intruder

The Intruder (10min.)

Director:Daniel Wirtberg
Stable camera work and good music. Placid film.

The Tiny Fish

The Tiny Fish (10min.)

Director:Sergei Ryabov
Expressing the purity of children. Delicate music is quite excellent. An impressive scene where the old man blurrs out in the heavy snowfall.

FORTRESS VISITORS

FORTRESS VISITORS (13min.)

Director:Petr Hatle
No particular comments

The Life Size Zoetrope

The Life Size Zoetrope (6min.)

Director:Mark Simon Hewis
Very creative film. I realize the hard work put into the shooting of the movie. However, I am not quite sure of the purpose of the story.

I don't feel like dancing

I don't feel like dancing (7min.)

Director:Evi Goldbrunner&Joachim Dollhopf
Nice shooting at night club. Stable and consistent filmmaking.

Everyone and no one

Everyone and no one (20min.)

Director:Margarita Cobilich Rizo Patron
Good scenery of desert, funny conversation at the restaurant, and smart scene combination. However, not really an impressive story. It seems to lack a vital element.

The step

The step (25min.)

Director:jojo
Not impressive except for the balloons on the step.

SAFETY ZONE

SAFETY ZONE (13min.)

Director:Lukas Kokes
Immature skill in expressing a vital message to the human race.

EVE`S FRUIT OR QUITE FAST EVOLUTION

EVE`S FRUIT OR QUITE FAST EVOLUTION (2min.)

Director:Kaoru Ishida
No particular comments

Terminus

Terminus (8min.)

Director:Trevor Cawood
Originative. Control over objects is wonderful.

HERO, WINGS ARE NOT NECESSARY TO FLY

HERO, WINGS ARE NOT NECESSARY TO FLY (25min.)

Director:Ángel Loza
The life of a DJ based on many pictures. I have a strong impression of the character's 'feet'. The last message is wonderful and strong.

HOLDING THE HAND OF THE RED QUEEN

HOLDING THE HAND OF THE RED QUEEN (20min.)

Director:OMAR RABUNAL VARELA
Unclear. Mysterious girl? I would have enjoyed the movie if the girl had a more charming characteristic.