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La terre abandonnée (Abandonned Land)

Gilles Laurent - 73' - 2016 - 16/9 - OV JP - st NL, EN, FR - Art house film - Production: CVB

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Synopsis

In the evacuated zone around the nuclear plant of Fukushima, five years after the catastrophe, the village of Tomioka is still abandoned and empty of its five thousand inhabitants. A few rare individuals still live there, however, pacing a land burning with radiation.

Matsumura san, along with his old father, takes care of animals abandoned in the wake of the nuclear accident. He was the first and the only person to refuse the order to evacuate. In his own way, by turning his life into a symbol and a testimony, he is militating for a denuclearized world.
The Hangaïs, have decided to carry on farming their land. The Satos are gradually doing up their house with a view to moving back in. They are convinced that it will be possible to re-populate the area.
Yet the “decontamination” works in the zone seem pretty derisory and vain given the scale of the quake on both the human and environmental levels.

On this sick, abandoned land, the peaceful existence and rational irrationality of these few diehards reminds us that a patch of land is, in the final analysis, our strongest bond to the world.

Team

With the participation of:
Naoto Matsumara, Yasutaka Matsumara , Shinichi Hangai, Toshiko Hangai, Tomotsu Sato, Toshiko Sato, Hiroko Aihara, Joe Moross, Jüngen Oberbäumer, Mariko Oberbäumer, Yayoe Sato, Kazuko Iga, Takako Yamada

Screenplay and director:
Gilles Laurent

Camera:
Laurent Fénart

Sound:
Nicolas Joly, Gilles Benardeau

Editing:
Marie-Hélène Mora

Assistant Editing:
Salvatore Fronio

Editing Intrern:
Samira Mouzgy

Sound Editing:
Alexander Davidson

Interpretation and Coodination:
Shin Mizuguchi, Keisuke Yamamoto

Mixing:
Empire Digital, Rémi Gérard

Calibration and DCP:
Stempel, Laurent Fénart

Production:
Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles – CVB - Michel Steyaert

Producer:
Cyril Bibas

Assitant Producer:
Jeanne Humbert

Production Administrator:
Saidou Diallo

Promotion & diffusion:
Philippe Cotte, Claudine Van O

Technical:
Benjamin Sion, Frédéric Leroy

Coproduction:
TAKE FIVE - Grégory Zalcman
WIP – Wallonie Image Production - Pierre Duculot

Avec l'aide du Centre du Cinéma et de l'audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, de la Loterie Nationale et de la Région wallonne. Le CVB est subventionné par le Gouvernement francophone bruxellois et la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Festivals/Awards

2016

  • FID - Marseille - juillet
  • FIFF - Namur - octobre
  • KYOTO International Film Festival - octobre
  • FIFA - Amiens - PRIX DOCUMENTAIRE SUR GRAND ÉCRAN - novembre
  • RISC - Marseille - GRAND PRIX 2016, catégorie moyens et longs métrages - novembre
  • IDFA - Amsterdam - Section Panorama - novembre
  • Prix 2016 Scam Audiovisuel : Hommage du Comité belge

Contact/Buy

Personne de contact: Claudine Van O — claudine.vano@cvb.be — +32 (0)2 221 10 62