"… And a miracle happened.
Yet this miracle was quite according to nature.
Man and Nature weaves a soulful symphony.
Could anything be more beautiful than sadness?"
A Summer Family is the second feature-length dramatic film by Masaki Iwana, following his debut film, Vermilion Souls*. The director, Masaki Iwana, is a butoh artist who has resided in France for 20 years and has been widely active throughout Europe.
Kamimura (62 years old), is a Japanese dancer who lives in the Perche region of south Normandy, France. He has been living with two women, in a strange life, for the past few years.
In early summer, June, a dance festival happens at the house of Kamimura. At around this time, his wife Akiko (47) who lives in Tokyo, arrives at his Normandy house with the daughter Mayu (8). In exchange, his lover Yuzuko (33) who has been living with him in Normandy till then, departs for New York. Kamimura spends the summer with his family, and with the coming of autumn, Yuzuko returns once again, as Akiko and Mayu depart for Japan.
Yuzuko, Akiko, and Mayu are surprisingly good friends, and the relationship of the four of them are quite calm. Calm, uneventful days pass from one to the other.
The only strange thing is that Mayu, whose clever and energetic voice is always heard, never shows herself visibly. In addition to this, one wonders if it is one's imagination that Akiko's behavior is sometimes odd?
Original music: Hiraishi Hirokazu
Production: La Maison du Butoh Blanc
Producer: Masaki Iwana
Script & director: Masaki Iwana
Chief editor: Hokuto Iseki
Cooperation: Commune de Réveillon, France
Original material: 16mm, black & white / standard / 78 min. / Japan film 2010.
Attention: This film contains 5 minutes of so-called "pornographic" images.
|13 Jan 2015||20:00||A Summer Family was shown at Space ALS-D, Kyoto, Japan. スペース ALS-D、京都、日本
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|8 Nov 2014||20:00||A Summer Family was shown as part of BUTOH OFF at Hall des Chars, Friche Laiterie, 10 rue du Hohwald, Strasbourg in France.|
|28 Jan-07 Feb 2011||…||A Summer Family has been selected by the 34th Göteborg International Film Festival (28th January – 7th February 2011) in Sweden.|
|19 Nov-05 Dec 2010||…||A Summer Family has been selected by the 14th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (19th Nov – 5th Dec 2010) in Estonia.|
|03-10 Nov 2010||…||A Summer Family has been selected by the 16th Lyon Asian Film Festival (3rd – 10th November 2010) in France.|
|09 Oct~Nov 2010||15:00
|A Summer Family was shown 9 October ~ November 2010 at Cinema UPLINK X in Shibuya, Tokyo (Japan). Screenings every day at 1500h & 1850h.|
|27-30 May 2010||…||A Summer Family has been selected by the 3rd New Asia Film Festival (27th – 30th May 2010) based in Metro Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada.|
|07-18 Apr 2010||…||A Summer Family has been selected by BAFICI #12 (The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) which will be held 7th – 18th April 2010.
(BAFICI was born in 1999 and has ever since grown to become one of the most prominent film festivals in the world, placed as it is in a privileged position on the international film agenda. The festival is renowned as an essential means of promotion for the independent film output, where the most innovative, daring and committed films can be shown).
|27 Jan-07 Feb 2010||…||We are very happy to inform you that our second feature film A Summer Family has been officially selected by the Rotterdam 39th International Film Festival (27th January - 7th February 2010). Screenings:
30 Jan 2010 22:45 Cinerama 5 / 31 Jan 2010 22:45 Cinerama 7 / 02 Feb 2010 22:30 Venster 2
A Summer Family (2010)