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It Maybe That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve – Masao Adachi
Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi
dir. Philippe Grandrieux / France 2011 / 73’
subtitles: Polish and English


Masao Adachi, Naruhiko Onozawa


CPH:DOX 2011 – New Vision Award

Film description

Between politics and art, between Trotskyism and surrealism, between Lebanon, Palestine and Japan, between yesterday and tomorrow, between beauty and determination – director of the memorable film A Lake from the 9th NH, Philippe Grandrieux, known for his visual extremism, follows the story of Masao Adachi, another extreme filmmaker. Adachi, co-author of the Japanese new wave, eschewed filmmaking in 1971 to join the leftist militant Red Army and devoted the next 35 years of his life to fomenting revolution. In 2000, after 30 years of voluntary exile, he was arrested in Lebanon and deported back to Japan. Grandrieux’s nocturnal psychological portrait parallels Adachi’s dark mind, where Buddhist calm, surreal imagination and constant rebellion cross paths. This literally and figuratively dark film turns the cinema into a psychological darkroom with a fervent discussion on radical choices, extreme situations, transgression, the avant-garde and revolution. Revolution is also an image. The question is how to make it reality.

Prepared by: Ewa Szabłowska

Information about director

Philippe Grandrieux

Philippe Grandrieux (born in 1952) is an experimental, documentary, music video, feature film director, and installation artist, media in which he seeks new forms of expression in line with France’s the most acclaimed cinematic avant-garde artists such as Jean Epstein, Luis Buñuel, and Marcel L’Herbier. He is a lecturer at the famed Parisian film school La FÉMIS (Fondation Européenne pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son). Grandrieux directed the music video for Marilyn Manson’s Putting Holes in Happiness.

Selected filmography

1993 Gert Jan Theunisse (doc., short)

1996 Retour à Sarajevo / Return to Sarajevo (doc.)

1998 Sombre

2002 La vie nouvelle / A New Life

2008 Jezioro / Un lac / A Lake

2011 Być może piękno umocniło naszą determinację – Masao Adachi / Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi / It Maybe That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve – Masao Adachi (doc.)

Prepared by: Ewa Szabłowska


director: Philippe Grandrieux
screenplay: Philippe Grandrieux
cinematography: Philippe Grandrieux
editing: Philippe Grandrieux
cast: Masao Adachi, Naruhiko Onozawa
producer: Annick Lemonnier
production: Epileptic
sales: Epileptic
awards: CPH:DOX 2011 – New Vision Award
language: Japanese, French
colouration: colour & b&w
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