Le mont Fuji vu d’un train en marche

Pierre Hébert

P&I Selection 2022

  • 81'
  • Canada
  • 2021

The train sets off on the route that takes in the famous Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. Will we get to see it? Even if Mount Fuji is hidden by clouds, its outline is visible, as if it were a line drawn on the image. And so starts this poetic reflection, based on Pierre Hébert’s impressions during two trips to Japan.

What could be seen of Japan if Mount Fuji were invisible? The answer: images of streets and markets, alongside places that remind us of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, which are associatively combined with traditional theatre, Hokusai prints, calligraphy, animation, and a modern dance project by Teita Iwabushi and Hébert. The film flows organically, supported by its soundtrack of song, street sounds, and improvised music, alongside the energy of scratched animations – a technique that Hébert was one of the first to experiment with. The film is part of the series Places and Monuments, that the director began making in 2009, and an ode to Robert Breer’s short film Fuji (1974).

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Director
Pierre Hébert
Country of production
Canada
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
81'
Medium
DCP
International title
Mount Fuji Seen from a Moving Train
Languages
French, English
Producer
Pierre Hébert
Sales
Vidéographe
Cinematography
Pierre Hébert
Editor
Pierre Hébert
Sound Design
Luc Boudrias
Music
John Barrett, Malcolm Goldstein, John Heward, Matsumoto Yuichi
Cast
Iwabuchi Teita