Shari

  • 61'
  • Japan
  • 2021

For some reason, there is very little snow in the winter of 2020 on the Shiretoko Peninsula, a special place located in the northernmost part of Japan where rare wild animals coexist with humans. The typical drift ice hasn’t appeared yet, either. Although worried, the inhabitants of the village Shari continue their daily affairs: the shepherd bakes buns, a hunter prepares a dinner with venison, a fisherman picks up trash from the sea and another person observes flying squirrels in her garden.

In these rural surroundings, director Yoshigai Nao, who is also a dancer and choreographer, introduces a mysterious, fiery-red creature, like a walking scarecrow. This turns her delicate, documentary observations into an idyllic, yet disquieting fairytale. Folklore, arts and crafts, oral history, ecology, and mythology blend elegantly in this visual poem. Inside the gym, schoolchildren fight the red creature with all their might, Sumo-style, while outside the bears skip their wintersleep.

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Available on Festival Scope Pro from 26 January 9:00 CET to 14 February 9:00 CET



Director
Yoshigai Nao
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
61'
Medium
DCP
Language
Japanese
Producer
Yoshigai Nao
Sales
CaRTe bLaNChe
Cinematography
Ishikawa Naoki
Editor
Miyako Daisuke
Sound Design
Kitada Masaya
Music
Matsumoto Kazuya