Ascent

Fiona Tan

IFFR 2017

Signatures

  • 80'
  • Netherlands
  • 2016

Behind grey shreds of mist in fairytale landscapes, we keep seeing Mount Fuji, the Japanese volcano with its great symbolic significance, in ordinary family snapshots. All the shots in Ascent are real, but the story is fictional. After History’s Future, Fiona Tan again investigates the possibilities of film. Here the departure point is a montage of thousands of photos of the volcano, collected from sources ranging from the Izu Photo Museum to amateur photographers. On the expressive soundtrack, we hear the voices of fictional protagonists.
Thousands of miles from Japan, an English woman receives a package with the photos and notes of her dead Japanese partner. His account of his conquest of Mount Fuji evokes a stream of thoughts and associations. The higher he gets, the broader the perspective of this reflection on photography and film, reminiscence and mourning, eternal change, the essence of cherry blossoms and how some things can best be seen from afar.

Director
Fiona Tan
Countries of production
Netherlands, Japan
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
80'
Medium
DCP
Languages
English, Japanese
Producer
Fiona Tan / Antithesis Films
Production Company
Antithesis Films
Sales
Mongrel International
Screenplay
Fiona Tan
Editor
Nathalie Alonso Casale
Sound Design
Hugo Dijkstal
Music
Leo Anemaet
Cast
Hiroki Hasegawa
Local Distributor
Periscoop Film