FROM TOKYO (10', Russia, 2011)

 

World premiered in 2011 Venice Orizzonti, FROM TOKYO steps on the boundary between the real and the imagined, in a dreamlike, almost surrealistic atmosphere. Mostly taking place on an airplane, the story follows two men: one of them volunteered to help in Japan after a catastrophe, and the other is one of the people he saved. Also flying with them are people from their past who are no longer with them, their memories, a world that is no less, but perhaps even more important for them than reality. “A story about people whose actions speak louder than words, and who care deeply about others.” (ALEXEI GERMAN JR.)

Director: ALEXEI GERMAN JR.

With the support of:

 

Cast: CHULPAN KHAMATOVA, KSENIA KUTEPOVA

Music: ALEXEI AIGY

Producer: ARTEM VASILIEV

Production: METRAFILMS



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ALEXEI GERMAN JR. was born in Moscow where he studied at the VGIK, a time when he made various short films, such as Little Fools in 2001. He debuted with his first feature, THE LITTLE TRAIN, in 2003, which was then screened at the 2004 Rotterdam IFF. There it received an Amnesty Award, and in Venice a Special Mention of the Jury for Best Debut. He returns in 2008 in Venice and wins a Silver Lion for Best Director with his movie Paper Soldier. In 2009 Kim, part of the film almanac “Crush”, was also screened in Venice.

 

Venice Orizzonti 2011 / Sarajevo 2012 / Lisbon 2012 / Estoril Film Festival 2011

 

“I have a very vivid memory of the family dacha where I grew up, the big, rusty metal barrel, the yellow house across the road. The country that no longer exists and the friends I will never see again. These memories grow inside me; they become larger than me and remain something that I keep returning to. These memories are me. And this is why it was important for us to tell a deep, significant story about the fact that the past and the people who are no longer with us never actually go anywhere, about the fact that our memories are us. And sometimes the memories are more substantial, more real and deeper than our reality.” (ALEXEI GERMAN JR.)

 

“The boundary between the real and the imagined is hardly delimited in FROM TOKYO. The transition from one to the other is based on how the main characters experience time: as a continuous flux, in which different times exist simultaneously. Reminding of Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries, the past and the present meet in the same frame, while memories seem to have an over-natural power that allows them to become concrete reality. This translates to a bitter-sweet realization for the characters that they are not alone. They will always have their memories, but those very memories will also prevent them from living in the present. They live in an in-between, both on a physical and symbolical journey, connected to one another by their grief.” (Diana Mereoiu, BIEFF 2012)

 

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INTERVIEW

ALEXEI GERMAN JR.: "PAPER SOLDIER"