Ponpoko Mountain

Takayuki Yoshida/9 minutes/2016/Japan/Documentary

SHOWTIMES:

FFD – IFI/LIP | THU 08 DEC | 16.30

Synopsis

Seorang pemahat Rumania, Constantin Brancusi, pernah berkata: “Seseorang yang bukan lagi anak-anak, bukan lagi seorang seniman.” “Ponpoko mountain” adalah wahana taman bermain berwarna putih yang menggunakan udara dan dipasang di beberapa taman di Jepang. Karya puitis ini mengekspresikan pertemuan antara warna putih dan anak-anak di atas lanskap unik berupa kubah-kubah melengkung. Meskipun alam menciptakan lengkung sensual dan manusia membuat garis lurus yang tidak fleksibel, “ponpoko mountain” dibuat oleh manusia dan menarik perhatian saya. Film ini juga merupakan penghormatan terhadap film dokumenter Robert Flaherty berjudul Nanook of the North.

A Romanian sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, once said: “Who is no longer a child is no longer an artist.” The “ponpoko mountain” are air playground equipments of white color which are set at some parks in Japan. This poetic work expresses the encounter between the color of white and children in the unique landscape where there are curved domes. Although nature creates sensual curved lines while humans create inflexible straight lines, the curve lines of “ponpoko mountain” are created by humans and they attract me. It is also homage to the Robert Flaherty’s documentary film Nanook of the North.

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Director

Yoshida lahir pada tahun 1972 di Hokkaido, Jepang. Ia menyelesaikan pendidikan pascasarjana Sosiologi di Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Sembari bekerja sebagai editor di jurnal internasional Japan Echo, ia belajar membuat film di Films School of Tokyo (eigabigakkou) dan terlibat dalam pembuatan beberapa film dokumenter. Ia menjadi koordinator dari Tokyo FILMeX/Talents Tokyo, sebuah festival film internasional. Ia juga menjadi editor di majalah dokumenter Jepang neoneo dan salah satu pengarang dari buku-buku Jepang tentang Chris Marker dan film-film avant-garde Amerika. Karya debutnya Ponpoko Mountain secara resmi dipilih pada New Media Arts Festival Madrid (IVAHM Madrid 2016) di Spanyol.

Yoshida was born in 1972 in Hokkaido, Japan. He completed his graduate studies in Sociology at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. While working as an editor of international journal Japan Echo, he studied filmmaking at the Film School of Tokyo (eigabigakkou) and was involved in the making of some documentary films. He becomes the coordinator of Tokyo FILMeX /Talents Tokyo, an international film festival. He is an editor in a Japanese documentary magazine neoneo, and a co-author of Japanese books on Chris Marker and American avant-garde movies. His debut work Ponpoko Mountain is officially selected at the New Media Arts Festival Madrid (IVAHM 2016) in Spain.