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Ascent by Fiona Tan


This art film project is in essence a film made entirely with stills; a filmic experiment balancing delicately
between documentary and fiction. As the narrative unfolds unexpected and surprising paths are
explored. Together with the two protagonists the viewer climbs Mount Fuji across geographical, temporal
and cultural divides. The woodblock prints of Hokusai are considered, but also paintings by Van Gogh,
philosophical views stemming from Asian philosophy, mankind's connection to landscape, Mount Fuji's
religious significance, recent Japanese history. But central throughout is my own questioning about the
nature of photography and how it is possible to create cinema using only found images and without

80' / DCP / colour

Genre: art film
Original title: ASCENT
Dir: Fiona Tan
Prod: Antithesis Films
Sc: Fiona Tan
Completed: summer 2016
Language: English/Japanese
Cast: voice-over spoken by Hiroki Hasegawa, Fiona Tan

Festivals a.o.:
Locarno Film Festival
BFI London Film Festival
MOSTRA Sao Paulo international Film Festival - New Filmmakers Competition
Porto/Post/Doc - Oporto Film & Media Festival
Gothenburg International Film Festival
International Film Festival Rotterdam

Fiona Tan:
Second feature film.

Antithesis Films
Ph: +31 20 668 3432


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