France 2020, 90 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
Acclaimed filmmakers Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine return to Tokyo. This time, they embark upon an adventurous journey, in which they paint a charming freeform portrait of one of Japan’s most influential architects, Ryūe Nishizawa.
After their previous films, Moriyama San and ButoHouse, the two artists choose not to focus on one place and instead let Nishizawa lead them around his city. They travel through rain and sunshine, interchanges and concrete bridges, temples, restaurants, cafes, and houses he designed. On the road, they talk about life in the city, Japanese culture and European history, film, music, and the process of turning an idea into a building. The pair also grows intimately close with Nishizawa’s dear friend: his car, Giulia, whose moods determine the direction of their trip.