The Ark in the Mirage

The Ark in the Mirage
  • Saturday, May 28, 17:15 Naxoshalle Kino
  • 蜃気楼の舟
    Shinkiro no fune
  • Japan 2015, Blu-ray, 99 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director & script: Yasutomo CHIKUMA
  • Production: chiyuwfilm
  • Camera: Yasuyuki SASAKI
  • World sales: Uplink
  • Cast: Taiga KOMIZU, Min TANAKA, Ayako ONO, Tomomitsu ADACHI, Aya TAKEKOU
  • German premiere
  • Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award

A nameless man is part of a group that gives housing to homeless people in order to collect their welfare payments. His indifference ends when he discovers a familiar face from his past among the exploited. Shifting between color and monochrome sequences, the poetic film delves into the protagonist’s mind and deals with the exploitation of the poor and social apathy.

Director Bio
Yasutomo CHIKUMA, born in 1983, started his film career as an actor in 2004, and later asserted himself on the international scene as a director with his debut feature NOW, I… (NC ’08) in 2008. In 2011 he wrote the script for NINIFUNI by Tetsuya MARIKO, which was shown at the Locarno Film Festival.

2008 Now, I... (Ima boku wa / NC ’08)

  • by sankaku, Japan 2014, 3 min, no dialog

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