The Present Past
A woman wanders a golf course looking for her late husband’s grave, searching desperately for a place lost to time in Vietnamese director Pham Ngoc Lan’s gorgeous black-and-white short BLESSED LAND. It makes for a haunting prelude to THE NAKED ISLAND, Kaneto Shindo’s hypnotic, documentary-like portrait of a family also living in a place seemingly unstuck in time—a tiny, remote island in the Japanese archipelago where everyday life is a test of human endurance.
Directed by Pham Ngoc Lan • 2019 • Vietnam
Starring Nguyen Thuy Anh, Minh Chau, Hoang Ha
In the dune landscape of a cemetery—or is it a golf course?—past and present converge in the search for a grave.
The Naked Island
Directed by Kaneto Shindo • 1960 • Japan
Starring Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka
Director Kaneto Shindo's documentary-like, dialogue-free portrayal of daily struggle is a work of stunning visual beauty and invention. The international breakthrough for one of Japan's most innovative ...