PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

International premiere

Dozens of Norths

Local title
Tosin põhjalat
Title in Russian
12 с Севера
Original title
Ikuta no Kita
Director
Kōji Yamamura
Country
Japan
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
condition-film, experimental

"Dozens of Norths" is the much-anticipated first feature-length film by acclaimed animator Koji Yamamura who is known for his numerous short-form works such as the Oscar-nominated “Mt. Head” (2002). His bleak, existential, yet, darkly humorous worldview is presented in its uncompromised glory through his signature hand-drawn animations accompanied by concrete sound design and music by Willem Breuker (1944-2010).

The rich, dialogue-less vignettes depicting desolate and nightmarish landscapes that compose the film also appear nostalgic and endearing under Yamamura's magic. The basis of the film is a series of illustrations and texts that Yamamura had created in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011—a catastrophe that had deeply affected him. The film elevates modern-day suffering caused by real-life events into a mythical and universal dimension and the absurdities and tragedies of human existence are told with injections of hope.

Like the screen in a dark theater, the film finds light even in the darkest of spaces.

Aiko Masubuchi

Director
Kōji Yamamura
Screenwriter
Kōji Yamamura
DoP
Kōji Yamamura
Editor
Kōji Yamamura
Music
Willem Breuker
Production
Yamamura Animation, MIYU Productions
Runtime
Language
Japanese
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Kōji Yamamura

Yamamura Koji (snd 1964) tegi algselt lastefilme. Tema film „Mt Head“ (2002) oli nomineeritud parima animalühifilmi Oscarile, see võitis 6 väärikat auhinda ning valiti sajandi 100 parima animafilmi hulka. „Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor" (2007) võitis samuti 6 suurt auhinda, kokku on Yamamura filmid võitnud üle 100 auhinna. 2021. aastal valiti ta viimase 25 aasta parima lühianimafilmi režissööri hulgas teisele kohale. Koji pälvis 2019. aastal Lilla lindi medali. Ta kuulub Mängufilmide kunsti ja teaduste akadeemiasse, on Jaapani Animatsiooniühingu asepresident ja kuulub ka AS IFA juhatusse.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

Hall 2 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening120202 / Tosin põhjalat
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A duration
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Hall Electric Cinema
Screening142203 / Tosin põhjalat
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 2 Kino Artis
Screening171603 / Tosin põhjalat
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Trailer