In the distance, enveloped in fog. a man appears. He walks to his car, gets in and starts reciting a text. You can scarcely see the car, but his voice is really close by. He drives off, returning later in a sublime landscape. 
Shot in black and white, Amijima references the bunraku play The Love Suicides at Amijima, written in Japan in 1720 by Chikamatse Monzeamon. Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas took a few sentences from the original upon which to base a mantra. In Amijima, distance and loneliness are emphasised by the rugged landscape. Simultaneously, the soundtrack makes the lead’s voice and actions almost tactile. Suárez-Quiñones Rivas took the liberty of re-using soundtrack excerpts from a prior adaptation, Double Suicide (by Masahiro Shinoda, 1969), to underline the work’s intangibility.

Filmmaker
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Spain
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
55’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas
Sales
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas
Writer
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas, based on a play by Monzaemon Chikamatsu
Cinematography
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas
Editor
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas
Production Design
Guillermo Pozo, Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas
Sound Design
Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas, Adrián Jiménez Gaitero
Cast
Guillermo Pozo, Bruce Nagaremono
Website
www.jorgesqr.com/amijima