LA TERRE ABANDONÉE - ABANDONED LAND
Gilles Laurent | Japan, Belgium 2016 | 74 Min. | OmeU
Wednesday, 10.05.2017, 10 pm | tickets
Votiv Kino | Gr. Saal
In the evacuated zone around the nuclear plant of Fukushima, five years after the catastrophe, the village of Tomioka is still abandoned and empty of its five thousand inhabitants. A few rare individuals still live there, however, pacing a land burning with radiation.
Matsumura san, along with his elderly father, takes care of animals abandoned in the wake of the nuclear accident. He was the first and the only person to refuse the order to evacuate. In his own way, by turning his life into a symbol and a testimony, he is militating for a denuclearized world. The Hangaïs, have decided to carry on farming their land. The Satos are gradually doing up their house with a view to moving back in. They are convinced that it will be possible to re-populate the area. Yet the “decontamination” works in the zone seem pretty derisory and vain given the scale of the quake on both the human and environmental levels.
On this sick, abandoned land, the peaceful existence and rational irrationality of these few diehards reminds us that a patch of land is, in the final analysis, our strongest bond to the world.
Gilles Laurent was a tireless traveller in his job as sound engineer, always living in sync with his political, philosophical and ecological ideals. He never stopped searching… At the age of 47, he directed his first documentary: “Abandoned Land”.
Trained in the technical aspects of sound at the INSAS, a film school in Brussels, he worked as a sound engineer all over the world for 20 years. He worked, among others, with Carlos Reygadas (Japon, Post Tenebras Lux...), Diego Martinez Vignatti (Tides, The Tango Singer…), Kamal Aljafari (Port of Memory), Marjane Satrapi (Chicken With Plums), Wang Bing (The Ditch) Stéphanie Valloatto (Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy), Abel & Gordon (Rumba), Clémence Hébert (The Father’s Boat) and Nathalie Borgers (Greetings from the Colony).
Gilles was born in 1969 and died in the attacks in Brussels on 22nd March 2016. He was finishing the editing of Abandoned Land.
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- RISC MARSEILLE FESTIVAL 2016 - GRAND PRIX AWARD
- FID MARSEILLE 2016 (France)
- FIFF NAMUR 2016 (Belgium)
- KYOTO International Film Festival 2016 (Japan)
- IDFA - Amsterdam 2016 (Netherlands)