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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Spacecraft Diaries 2016
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The Spacecraft Diaries 2016
The Spacecraft Diaries 2016
The Spacecraft Diaries 2016

The Spacecraft Diaries 2016

director: Hirofumi Nakamoto
original title: Ucho no fune nisenzyuroku
country: Japan
year: 2016
running time: 14 min.

synopsis

The director and his camera dive into the world of small organisms. Insects, clams and mushrooms are shot in macro close-ups to create richly textured video images. The filmmaker’s presence in the footage reflects man’s interference in the natural order of nature. Hirofumi Nakamoto publishes his 2016 Spacecraft Diaries.

biography

Japanese filmmaker Hirofumi Nakamoto (1986) studied cinema at Tokyo Zokei University. In his films, he works with video shot on a mobile telephone. Nakamoto has been working on his Spacecraft Diaries project since 2013.

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director: Hirofumi Nakamoto
cast: Hirofumi Nakamoto
producer: Hirofumi Nakamoto
photography: Hirofumi Nakamoto
editing: Hirofumi Nakamoto
sound: Hirofumi Nakamoto

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section: Short Joy
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