ラジオを付けると、バッハのインベンションが鳴り始める場面。音楽の選択が良かった。澄明な映像にぴったり合っている。 監督はまだ学生なので、未来は大きく開かれている。新たな挑戦を行って内容のさらなる充実だけでなく、映像芸術の審美的側面にも新しい価値をもたらしてくれることを期待する。




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I watched the film entitled "Dawning Stone" at The National Film Center. The film is one of the winning works at the PFF Award 2014, directed by Yui Kiyohara and Mityl Tomita, who are students at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

I could feel the directors' strong will to fixate and imprint images that had been very carefully taken, into the memory of the viewer. The absence of the mother of the heroin makes her and her friends perform mysterious things in the story, and this seems to let us be aware of the presence of some great force that we cannot control.

The scene shot at the library of Tsuda College, whose building was designed by Kenzo Tange, reminds me of a scene at a library in Wim Venders' "Wings of Desire" (1987), but I think the high ceiling and the large space of the architecture were effective in strengthening the three dimensional reality perceived in the image.

There's a scene, where the heroin switches on a radio, and Bach's Invention is started. This music selection is good, because the music by Bach is very well-balanced with the clear and transparent imaging of the film. The directors of the film are students now. Their future is widely opened with various possibilities. It is expected that they will continue tackling new challenges to make the content of their works more profound and better, and also to bring new values to the aesthetic domain of our imaging arts.

PFF Award 2014

Taro Yamamoto