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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Shapes of Facts
Shapes of Facts
Shapes of Facts
Shapes of Facts

Shapes of Facts

director: Yoshiki Nishimura
original title: Shapes of Facts
country: Japan
year: 2019
running time: 10 min.

synopsis

Ghostly hills and inhospitable landscapes created by physically deformed newspapers are a critical allegory of the inner workings of the contemporary media world in which, beside journalists who still hold in esteem reliable and verified information, the voice of those crooking facts and creating parallel and alternative “realities” intensify by the day.

“A fact is supposed to be specific and verifiable. The fact you are willing to accept makes your reality of this world. Watch out! There are many different versions of each fact.” Y. Nishimura

biography

Yoshiki Nishimura (1954) is a Japanese experimental filmmaker, producer and computer graphic artist. He teaches at Tohoku University of Art and Design. In his films, he uses mainly computer animation and 3D graphics to explore the borderline between reality and virtual world. His film An Observation was screened at Jihlava festival in 2013.

more about film

director: Yoshiki Nishimura
producer: Yoshiki Nishimura
photography: Yoshiki Nishimura
editing: Yoshiki Nishimura

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Domus

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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
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section: Fascinations
East European Premiere
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