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Scene from YOUNG PINES (photo © Ute Aurand)

“YOUNG PINES grew out of three trips to Japan between May 2009 and November 2010. Invited to Japan for a series of film screenings, I began filming in Yokohama, Tokyo and Kanazawa. Even in the big cities, I experienced how strongly the Japanese feel connected to nature and how they tend to see no contradiction between culture and nature. I found this stimulating and in harmony with some of my own impulses. I wanted to return and film more in other seasons. In Spring 2010 I visited Kamakura, Kyoto and Nara; in November, I went Northeast and filmed in Matsushima, Tono, Miyako, Atsumi, Yamadera and Nikko. All of my film images were filmed before the disaster of the Tsunami and Fukushima, but the final editing was done in the following months.”
Genre Art, Nature
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Director Ute Aurand
Screenplay Ute Aurand
Cinematography Ute Aurand
Producer Ute Aurand
Production Company Ute Aurand Filmproduktion/Berlin
Runtime 43 min
Format 16 mm, color, b&w, 1:1.33
 no dialogue
Festivals Toronto 2011

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