Four young people fascinated by the book N.P meet over the summer in Japan.
They all share a connection or history with this collection of
autobiographical stories written by the late Sarao Takase.
The film uses their complex web of relationships to reflect on how a translation
relates to its original, fiction to reality; and on their often incestuous interaction.

SCREENINGS

UK Première
Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival - New Cinema Competition

Details
  • 17.09 - 11.10.2020 online, on demand

German Première
Underdox, opening film

Details
  • 08.10.2020 20:00 Filmmuseum, München

litfilms - Literatur Film Festival, International Competition

Details
  • 10.10.2020 16:00 Schlosstheater, Münster

Mexican Première
Black Canvas FCC, New Horizon Competition

Details
  • 09.10.2020 18:30 Cinemex Reforma Casa De Arte
  • 10.10.2020 20:00 Cinemex Altavista

Belgian Première

Details
  • 11.12.2020 20:00 Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent POSTPONED
PAST

Avant-première

  • 24.04.2019 20:30 Beursschouwburg, Brussels

World Première
FID Marseille International Competition

Details
  • 24.07.2020 18:30 Gymnase Theater
  • 25.07.2020 18:00 La Baleine
  • 26.07.2020 16:30 Variétés 5

STORY

In this silent film, set during one Japanese summer, four young people discover how one book unites them. All four are fascinated with the novel N.P by the late and mysterious Sarao Takase. The eponymous film N.P dissects the young characters’ complex web of relationships.

How does a translation relate to the original? How does fiction relate to reality? To what extent is your life a fiction, directed by predetermined narratives? And what is the nature of the often incestuous interaction between the protagonists?

The strikingly beautiful colours of the summer define the mood and atmosphere of the film, turning its complex, dark heart into a serene and glowing meditation on the young and on the influence of past experiences on one’s life.

Kazami, the narrator in Banana Yoshimoto's original story, had a relationship with the translator Shoji Toda when he was translating the English-language book N.P into Japanese. This book was written by the late Japanese author Sarao Takase, who had lived in the United States. The 97 short stories that make up Takase's book are mostly autobiographical. Shoji Toda committed suicide while translating the book. The unpublished 98th story of N.P is the heart of the original story and deals with Takase's incestuous relationship with his illegitimate daughter Sui.

Four years after Shoji's suicide, Kazami meets Takase's children: first the twins Otohiko and Saki, and later their half-sister Sui. They live in the book's closed, determined and surreal realm and try to find an escape via the empathetic Kazami. Sui seems to be a character devoid of social, ethical and sexual norms. After her past relationship with her father Takase, she enters into a relationship with her half-brother Otohiko.

CAST

風美Kazami

Clara Spilliaertwww.claraspilliaert.com

Sui

Mikiko Kawamurawww.kawamuramikiko.com

乙彦Otohiko

Hiroshi Miyamura

Saki

Saartje Van de Steene

MUSIC

ASUNA

Stacks

Wolf Eyes

INFORMATION

Original book
BANANA YOSHIMOTO “N.P”

(published by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. in Japan)
©1990 BANANA YOSHIMOTO / “N.P”

Belgium, 2020, Colour, 2K, Stereo, 60’
Non-spoken, intertitles in English, French and Japanese

Director: Lisa Spilliaert

Scenario: Lisa Spilliaert

Photography: Lisa Spilliaert

Translation, Dramaturgy: Sis Matthé

Kazami Kano: Clara Spilliaert

Sui Minowa: Mikiko Kawamura

Saki Takase: Saartje Van de Steene

Otohiko Takase: Hiroshi Miyamura

Crew in Japan

Line Producer: Takehiko Kurokawa

Camera: Hiroshi Ashikaga

Drone, Assistant Camera: Takao Yoshimori

Gaffer: Hans Bruch Jr.

Assistant Gaffer: Mitsunori Sakano

Crew in Belgium

Line Producer: Vincent Stroep

Camera, Gaffer: Hans Bruch Jr.

Assistant Camera, Gaffer: Bert Savels

Post-production

Editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe, Lisa Spilliaert

Title Design: Oliver Ibsen

Sound Concept: Vincent Stroep

Sound Design: senstudio

Foley: Olivier Thys

Music

ASUNA, Stacks, Wolf Eyes

Thank You

Tokyo Vision, Crasco, Kanazawa Film Commission, Toyama University of International Studies

With the Support of

VAF Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Arts Flanders Japan, City of Ghent, Vidi-Square

Co-produced by

Argos, Beursschouwburg

Produced by

Escautville

Lisa Spilliaert

Lisa Spilliaert (°1990) lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.
Webhttps://lisaspilliaert.com

Interview FID Marseille
https://fidmarseille.org/en/entretien-n-p/