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UNDER SNOW (UNTER SCHNEE)

UNDER SNOW
Scene from UNDER SNOW (photo © Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion)

In the Japanese region Echigo, the locals live with and under the heavy snow fall half of the year. Because of this they have developed their own customs of everyday life, festivals, and religious rituals. In a poetic way, Ulrike Ottinger leads us into the reality of the snowy landscape with its beauty and austere living conditions, follows the mythical tracks of the “gods of paths and roads” and mountain spirits, and places us within the fairytale world of a beautiful fox and her lover.


Ulrike Ottinger was born in Constance in 1942 and studied Art in Munich from 1959-1961. She lived in Paris from 1962, working as a freelance artist and photographer. She has been living in Berlin since 1973 and is a member of the Academy of Arts and the European Film Academy in Berlin. Active as a writer, director and camerawoman, a selection of her films includes: LAOKOON & SONS (1973), MADAME X - AN ABSOLUTE RULER (1977), TICKET OF NO RETURN (1979), FREAK ORLANDO (1980), DORIAN GRAY IN THE MIRROR OF THE YELLOW PRESS (1984), CHINA. THE ARTS - THE PEOPLE (1985), JOHANNA D'ARC OF MONGOLIA (1989), TAIGA (1992), EXILE SHANGHAI (1997), SOUTHEAST PASSAGE (2002), TWELVE CHAIRS (2004), PRATER (2007), THE KOREAN WEDDING CHEST (2008), and UNDER SNOW (2011), among others.
Genre Art, Dance, Culture
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Ulrike Ottinger
Cinematography Ulrike Ottinger
Cast Takamasa Fujima, Kiyotsugu Fujima, Yumiko Tanaka, Yoko Tawada, Hiroomi Fukuzawa, Akemi Takanami, Toru Yoshihara
Producers Ulrike Ottinger, Heino Deckert
Voices Eva Mattes, Laurence A. Rickels
Production Companies Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion/Berlin, ma.ja.de. Fiction, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin, Goethe-Institut/Tokyo
Length 103 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray, color, 16:9
Original Version
 English, German
Festivals Dubai 2011, Créteil 2012, Jerusalem 2012, Reykjavik 2012, Festival do Rio 2013, ZINEBI Bilbao 2014, Moscow 2016
With backing from BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Japan Foundation
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

World Sales
Deckert Distribution
Heino Deckert
info@deckert-distribution.com
http://www.deckert-distribution.com

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