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Gaspard Kuentz
Japan, 2015
Production : Koji Tsujimoto

French, English


The Autuman Festival, one of the most violent religious festivals in Japan, is held each year in the town of Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku. Eight teams of men carry shrines on their shoulders, some of them weighing over a ton, and violently smash them against each other in a battle that leaves many injured. Halfway between visual ethnography and war reporting, “Uzu” plunges you into a captivating account of this brutal event.

Visions du Réel - Festival international de cinéma Nyon

Tënk's film review

Screened in competition at Visions du Réel in 2016 for the international short film section, Gaspard Kuentz’s film is above all an experience, both human and sensory. You are thrown into the fray, into the body and soul of a teeming army of fighting men, and must keep a cool head while being tossed about in this merciless joust. "Uzu" is an ethnographic comment that puts the viewer in the place of the subjective camera. Get ready for a rough ride.

Aurélien Marsais
Coordinator for États généraux du film documentaire - Lussas

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Gaspard Kuentz

Born in Paris in 1981, Gaspard Kuentz went to Japan in 2003 to study cinema fiction at the Film School of Tokyo. While developing his film projects, he got involved in the Tokyo noise music scene, and later went on to make a musical documentary in 2009 called "We Don't Care About Music Anyway..." His deep insight into Japan and East Asia has enabled him to focus his work in that part of the world and create hybrid documentaries that mix visual anthropology with experimental approaches towards fiction.

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