Cláudia Varejão, 113 min
Switzerland, Portugal, Japan, 2016
A film of almost magical beauty from a Japanese port city, where the female divers every day produce food to be eaten at the long table, even though they are well into their 60s.
For over 2000 years, female divers on the Japanese peninsula of Ise have lived off – and with – the sea in a symbiosis which 'Ama-San' brings to life in beautiful and sensitive images. Every day is introduced with a modest prayer, but in the evening the ageing women enjoy the fruits of their hard, physical labour as they gather in cheerful company to prepare the fresh fish and eat at long tables, where there is lots of merry conversation, singing and laughter – and the fact that the resolute women are well into their 60s doesn't seem to bother them one bit. The sight of fireflies at night, the azure waters and the wonderful world beneath the surface evoke an almost magical universe of life in the Portuguese filmmaker Cláudia Varejao's immensely beautiful film, which is sure to make some stomachs rumble in the cinema. But which also recognises both the women's stoically hard work and the subtle variations in their centuries-old work cycle.
|Country:||Switzerland, Portugal, Japan|
|Running time:||113 min|
|Tags:||Artists & Auteurs Hits CPH:SCIENCE|
|Producer:||João Matos, Vadim Jendreyko|
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