Mountain Plain Mountain

Co-directed with Yu Araki

2018 | 21 minutes | 1.78:1 | Colour | Stereo | DCP | Japanese spoken | Spain, Japan, Netherlands

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Installation view at The Way Things Do at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pere Pratdesaba.

Installation view at The Way Things Do at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pere Pratdesaba.

Installation view at The Way Things Do at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona. Photo: Pere Pratdesaba.

Mountain Plain Mountain was shot it in Obihiro, Japan, at the last standing venue to host a rare kind of draft horse races known as Ban'ei. Putting together a mix of motionless, contemplative shots and hard-edge, rhythmical, gibberish-rich montages, the slowness of these bizarre races is twisted to its limit. The overall timeline, thus, mimics the track's topography poetically described by a veteran trainer as "a small and a big mountain."

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