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The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu Masao Adachi and the 27 Years Without Images

Eric Baudelaire
France, 2011
Production : Éric Baudelaire
French, English


The political and personal epic of the Japanese Red Army is recounted as 
an Anabasis, a journey that is both a wandering towards the unknown and a return towards home. From Tokyo to Beirut amid the post-1968 ideological fever, and from Beirut to Tokyo at the end of the Red Years, the thirty-year trajectory of a radical fringe of the revolutionary left is recounted by two of 
its protagonists.

Cinéaste en compétition "The Films After Tomorrow" 2020 - Avec le soutien du CNC - Images de la culture

Tënk's film review

Why film? A possible subterfuge to this key question could be to do it, modestly but urgently, at the request of the subject of our film. Here it’s in exchange for his participation in Eric Baudelaire’s film that the revolutionary filmmaker Masao Adachi has made a request from Japan, where he’s currently under house arrest, with all the images taken while in exile in Lebanon having been destroyed during clashes. It’s also to give these images to May’s account of her childhood, images that were previously banned in case of reprisals against the political activism of her mother, Fusako Shigenobu, leader of the Japanese Red Army. We know the extent to which the dialogue of correspondence and letters is central to Eric Baudelaire’s work. Like time capsules, they try and overcome the reality of distance and exile, rebuilding the broken bridges between political ideals and historic reality, guiding a lost past towards a possible future.

Antoine Thirion, programmer Locarno Film Festival

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Eric Baudelaire

Eric Baudelaire, né à Salt Lake City en 1973, est artiste et cinéaste. Sa pratique est ancrée dans un travail de recherche sur des sujets politiques, comme le périple de l’Armée Rouge Japonaise au Liban que l'on retrouve dans deux de ses films : "L’Anabase de May et Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi et 27 années sans images" (2011) et "The Ugly One" (2013). Il a également réalisé plusieurs travaux sur l’Abkhazie, un état non-reconnu dans le Caucase, dans son projet photographique "Les États Imaginés" (2005) ou dans son film "Letters to Max" (2014). Cinéaste prolifique au talent reconnu, plusieurs de ses longs métrages ont été sélectionnés au FIDMarseille ainsi qu'aux festivals de Locarno, Toronto, New York et Rotterdam. Il travaille également autour de la photographie, des estampes, des performances et des publications qu’il incorpore à des installations autour de ses films. Ses dernières expositions personnelles ont notamment eu lieu à l’automne 2017 au Centre Pompidou à Paris.

Other films in the collection: Locarno Film Festival