“Young Pines” was made during three trips to Japan. The director visited the island state for the first time in 2009 as part of a film tour. “Everywhere – even in the big cities – I felt the strong connection the Japanese have to Nature. I was fascinated that there appeared to be no conflict between Nature and culture, and this seemed to link up with my own work.” (Ute Aurand) The result is a series of delicate images with impressions from many parts of Japan. In addition to young pines we see people in a hat shop, busy with the harvest, on the streets, branches moving in the wind, sparkling or smooth bodies of water, but also foaming floods, with or without sound, filmed before 11 March 2011 – and cut after that date.
About the artist
Ute Aurand, born in 1957 in Frankfurt/Main. From 1979 – 1985 studied filmmaking at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, from 1981 producing her own films. 1990 – 95 she created the series “Filmarbeiterinnen-Abend” at the Arsenal cinema, Berlin, featuring mostly experimental films made by women. 1997 –2007 she was co-founder of the monthly “Filmsamstag” (Film Saturday) programmes (www.filmsamstag.de). Teaching experience (selection): 1997 – 99 and 2002/2003 “Experimental film class” at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Zurich. In 2001, 2002 and 2004 extended periods in India. May/June 2009 film tour in Japan, (i.a. Waseda University, Tokio, Museum of Modern Art, Yokohama, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa).
In die Erde gebaut (2008)
Hier ist es zur Zeit sehr schön (2006)
Halbmond für Margaret (2004)
Kleine Blumen, kleine Blätter (1995)
Schweigend ins Gespräch vertieft (1980)