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Nestled amid the giant trees that cover the mountainside, deep in the ever-changing wilderness, is a tiny hermitage—the home of Akeji and Asako. The renowned Japanese painter spends his days walking the forest paths, making art, engaging in spiritual practice, and meditating while his wife collects plants and makes pigments. The two are surrounded by cats and wild animals and treat them respectfully, as equals, receiving the same treatment in return. They live a life of ritual and routine, ebbing and flowing with the seasons until they seem to become one with the majestic land that surrounds them.
The harmony starts to crack when Asako is hospitalized—but the elderly couple has always been aware of man’s insignificance before nature. Packed with stunning cinematography, this sensitive, thought-provoking film opens a window unto a new state of consciousness.

Previous Festivals: FIPADOC

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 03.07 | 09:45 | Cinematheque 1
  • Sun 04.07 | 19:00 | Cinematheque 2
  • Thu 08.07 | 10:00 | Cinematheque 3
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 10th

After studying at Sciences Po Paris, Mélanie worked in film production for Les Films du Bélier and Les Films Pelléas before making her mark on film shoots (directing team, camera team, casting). Today she is a director of creative documentaries and a scriptwriter/music consultant for live performances.

After studying cinema at the University of Paris-
Sorbonne, Corentin specialized in documentaries and cultural films. He has directed numerous live
performance recordings around the world as well as animation films (Peter & the Wolf - Golden Prague & Golden Rose winner in Berlin). He is also an author of documentaries (notably L'Alhambra en musiques, Arte).

Production Company: Mille et Une Films
Music: Toshi Tsuchitori, Jean-Jacques Lemêtre