Programmed by Aurélien Marsais
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.
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.
Coordinator for États généraux du film documentaire - Lussas