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DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Beyond the Wave


Beyond the Wave




CATALOGUE TEXT
Collapsed roofs, broken windowpanes, withered plants, dead animals – a deserted place. A grocery store looks almost exactly as it did on that day in March 2011. The few people one sees wear white paper suits and surgical masks. They are the ones who lost the world they lived in on that March day. One of them is aunt Kuniko. “It’s only natural to look for new sources of energy.” These words once advertised the construction of a nuclear plant in this now dead region. “Beyond the Wave” is a unique demonstration that after the disaster of Fukushima this sentence should become the leitmotif of our future. Caught between the grief of having lost their past and hopes of a personal perspective, the protagonists are forced to redefine themselves in their ruined home, this no-man’s country that many left long ago. Kyoko Miyake shows, not least through her personal voice-over, how a fairly atypical, albeit non-angry rebellion starts to germinate in the remaining Japanese citizens, and how her businesslike aunt and many others are ceaseless attempting to reclaim the meaning of their lives, against all prejudice and in the spirit of “I cannot let this disaster ruin all my efforts.”

Claudia Lehmann
Credits
Original Title: Beyond the Wave
Country: Germany, Japan
Year: 2013
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 83 min.
Format: HDcam
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Kyoko Miyake
Producer: Gregor Streiber
Cinematographer: Kozo Natsuumi, Shai Levy
Editor: Joby Gee
Music: Shigeru Umebayashi
Sound: Dominik Raetz, Tsukada Dai
Script: Kyoko Miyake

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.