TAMPOPO HEAD AND THE NAME OF THE DOG (18', The Netherlands, 2011)

 

Human relationships are the central subject of this experimental narrative film and it originated in the director’s personal interest in the personal life of her former neighbour, Hilko, who named one of his dogs “Toshie”, after her. In Hilko’s home there is no logical border between a man and an animal. The fairytale-like narrative and romantic images of TAMPOPO HEAD AND THE NAME OF THE DOG are inspired by daily experiences and conversations. Combined with fictive elements and her own ideas about the relationship between humans and dogs, Takeuchi dives into her neighbor’s universe and consequently embarks on a journey of self-reflection.

Director: TOSHIE TAKEUCHI

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Screenplay: TOSHIE TAKEUCHI

Cinematography: THOMAS VROEGE, MANU TAU, TOSHIE TAKEUCHI

Editing: TOSHIE TAKEUCHI

Music: LARS KYNDE, NIKOLAJ KYNDE

Sound: RICK HARRING

Producer: TOSHIE TAKEUCHI

Production: EYE NETHERLANDS FILM INSTITUTE



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TOSHIE TAKEUCHI is a Japanese born visual artist that lives and works in the Netherlands. She was educated in Photography and Audio Visual Art in London and Amsterdam, Tampopo Head and the Name of the Dog being her graduation project. Her work deals with naivety and sensitivity in human relationships. They are explored in fairy-tale like narratives that are often based on theoretical researches, her own memories and experiences, as well as those of people she interviews for her work. Takeuchi’s work is frequently humorous and holds a philosophical notion of animalism. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan, UK, US.

 

 

Rotterdam 2012 / European Media Art Festival Osnabrück 2012 / Netherlands Film Festival 2011

 

„The characters Janneke, Ed, Hilko, Dogs and Toshie take roles in a fairytale-like narrative which examines the relationships between daughter and father, a man and a woman, neighbors, a man and his dog and between namesakes. The story is guided by a Japanese voice-over that intervenes in the other characters’ English monologue. The musical effect and interaction between the two languages encourages the bizarre, but poetic relationships between them. The visual style amplifies the uncertainties of identity and reality, and the ambivalence held in a relationship. The film is Takeuchi’s contemplation of the naivety and sensitivity of humans.” (TOSHIE TAKEUCHI)

 

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