Conversation with a Cactus

  • 45'
  • Germany
  • 2017

In the 1970s, the Hashimoto husband-and-wife team tried to teach a cactus the Japanese alphabet, using a lie detector to turn the plant’s reactions into sound and thereby give it a voice. The goal was to use plants as potential witnesses in murder investigations. Elise Florenty and Marcel Türkowsky were granted access to the archive and were the first to translate the experiments into English. Mr Hashimoto, a former Fuji director, contributed to the development of the Giant LED and Neon Panel technology.
Technology and cultural traditions combine throughout the film, such as in the fictional story set in Tokyo’s suburbs, an environment known for its animist traditions, ultra-technology and the 'politics of silence'. The film is an airy, dreamy exploration of the self and the other, of myth and history, truth and lies, in relation to the Hashimoto experiment.

Directors
Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Germany, Japan, France
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
45'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Saboten to no kaiwa
Language
Japanese
Producers
Yves Roy / Parkadia, Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
Production Company
Parkadia
Sales
Parkadia
Screenplay
Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
Cinematography
Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
Editor
Elise Florenty, Sebastian Bodirsky, Marcel Türkowsky
Music
Marcel Türkowsky, Alvin Curran
Cast
Ayumi Yoshida