French selection

Rising From the Tsunami

Brise-lames

Hélène Robert

Jeremy Perrin

2019France67 minColour

Sept ans après le tsunami sans précédent qui frappa le Japon, les morts reviennent des profondeurs de la mer pour hanter les vivants. Alors que les histoires de possessions, de disparus et de fantômes se propagent le long de la côte, Nous découvrons l’ampleur de la catastrophe : vingt mille victimes et une terre dévastée d’où émerge un mur titanesque, un brise-lames contre la grande vague. Le paysage de la reconstruction devient ce monde intermédiaire où les expériences du visible et de l’invisible sont possibles, où les morts et les vivants se questionnent sur les liens qui les unissent. In March 2011, an unprecedented tsunami strikes Japan, leaving in its wake 20,000 dead and a devastated country. The missing come back to haunt the living from the depths of the sea. While gigantic breakwater walls are put up to counteract future great waves, reports of ghosts and spirits returning home spread all along the Japanese coast. The visible and the invisible conflate in this no-man's land where reconstruction has begun taking place.

Helene Robert is a documentary maker and photographer trained in Fine Arts, collaborating also with journals and publishing. Her visual work explores various real-life scopes : prison guards, consecrated virgins, and Corsican hunters.

Jeremy Perrin is qualified in Political Sciences and started writing for cultural projects such as radio broadcasts.
Their wish to make documentaries came about during the making of their first film A Praga, La Plaie, a study of Porto through its animal legends.

  • PRODUCTION : ELSA MINISINI (Baldanders Films), ELISABETH PAWLOWSKI (Baldanders Films), JEAN BAPTISTE FRIBOURG (La Societé des Apaches), FRANCIS FORGE (La société des Apaches)