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Uzu (Gaspard Kuentz | Japan | 28 min.)
Held every October in the city of Matsuyama (island of Shikoku), the Dogo Autumn Festival is one of the most violent religious festivals celebrated in Japan. Eight teams of men carrying massive portable wood shrines that can weigh up to a ton collide them together in a holy battle, leaving many injured and exhausted.
UZU is an immersive documentary film that focuses on the physical and spiritual experience of the festival from its inside. A thrilling ride into its violence as well as a penetrating glance on its meaning, UZU propounds a unique cinematic experience, between sensory ethnography and ""war"" reporting.
Born in 1981, in Paris, France. Moving to Japan in 2003, he completes the fiction course of the Tokyo film school Eiga Bigakko, founded by well-known Japanese directors Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinji Aoyama.
Afterwards, he directs the short gangster film CHINPIRA IS BEAUTIFUL, part of the acclaimed short movies omnibus Yakuza 23-ku, produced by Jingumae Produce.
In parallel with his film activities, he gets involved with Tokyo improvised and noise music scene, leading him to start the documentary project WE DON’T CARE ABOUT MUSIC ANYWAY...
Awarded in Entrevues film festival in 2009 and ERA NH in 2010, WE DON’T CARE ABOUT MUSIC ANYWAY... is still acclaimed as a new perspective on both avant-garde music and documentary.
Benefiting from his intimate knowledge of Japan and East Asia, he now develops in this region of the world hybrid documentary projects mixing visual anthropology with fictional and experimental approaches.
During his researches for his project ANIMA, exploring links between human beings and wild animals in East Asia, he learns about the Sonepur cattle fair in North India, leading him to shoot there KINGS OF THE WIND & ELECTRIC QUEENS, awarded Best Mid-Length Documentary in Hot Docs 2014 (Toronto, Canada).