The Lake

Mizuumi wa Hito wo Nomikomu


  • Shin'ichi Miyakawa
  • Japan
  • 2013, 44 min
Photography: Motoshi Fujinami
Actors, social actors: Shin'ichi Miyakawa, Yoshiko Miyakawa
Producer, Co-producer: Shin'ichi Miyakawa
Color: Colour
Language: Japanese
A hand with a camera emerges from a lake. This surreal scene is like a period in the personal correspondence between two Japanese filmmakers. In the director’s mind, the faded 8mm footage depicts artifacts that evoke phantoms of the past. But besides aimless wanderings through the streets of his hometown, a collection of photographs of a women’s wrestling team, or the handmade mask of Mexican superhero El Santa, the camera also shows its own image. In this experimental correspondence written with a camera instead of a pen, the central theme is one of mirrors and reflections representing the connection between subject and object, life and film.

“Now 8mm film is going out of existence. I waste valuable film stock by shooting long takes. I shoot long because a bird will fly across the frame. Isn’t this just a way I live my life?”


"I sent a video footage to a friend, inviting him to a video letter exchange, but was quickly declined… " This piece of work drifted farther and farther away from its initially intended goal. Is it going to end up on the soft mattress? Or in the muddy water?

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Shin'ichi Miyakawa
1-8-24 Tanaka Tsuchiura-shi
Ibaraki / 300-0048 / Japan
+81 9 093 271 691

Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Opus Bonum
Premiere Type: East European Premiere
Exhibition format: Blu-ray
Subtitle languages: English
24.10.2014 20:30


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