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Akeji, the Breath of the Mountain

Akeji, the Breath of the Mountain

Corentin Leconte, Mélanie Schaan

France, Japan | 2020 | 1 h 12 min
Japanese |
Subtitles: English
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Best Cinematic Essay, FIFA 2021

Deep in the mountains in the heart of Himuro Valley, Akeji and his companion Asako live sheltered from the world, in a retreat with a thatched roof, among the animals and the spirits of nature. Life flows without limits of space or time. Master Akeji, a renowned artist, is descended from a line of samurais and well versed in the sacred arts of the tea ceremony, the sabre, and calligraphy. This contemplative film reaches out to the senses, following the rhythm of the elements — water, fire, earth, and wind — and the cycle of seasons and time, fundamental themes of Japanese thought. This magnificent immersion in the world of an artist in total harmony with nature poetically portrays the cycle of life.
Director Mélanie Schaan, Corentin Leconte
Editing Corentin Leconte, Mélanie Schaan
Sound Raphaël Girardot, Mélanie Schaan
Sound mixing Nathalie Vidal
Cinematography Corentin Leconte
Music Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, Toshi Tsuchitori
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Corentin Leconte

Corentin Leconte

After studying cinema at the Sorbonne, Corentin specialized in films related to the arts and music. He is the author and director of documentaries (L’Alhambra en musique, Arte). He has also produced numerous recordings of live shows around the world, as well as animated films (Pierre & le Loup — Golden Prague & Rose d Or winner in Berlin).

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Akeji, the Breath of the Mountain (2020); L’Appel de la montagne (2018); Prélude au noir (2017)
Mélanie Schaan

Mélanie Schaan

After a master’s degree in Political Science, Mélanie turned to her passion: cinema. She works in the production companies les Films du Bélier and les Films Pelléas. Before discovering the various facets of the field (assistant director, assistant director, assistant camera, casting). She is now a creative documentary filmmaker and Scriptwriter/​music consultant for live performance recordings (theater and opera, symphonic concerts, etc.).

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Akeji, the Breath of the Mountain (2020); L’Appel de la montagne (2018); Prélude au noir (2017)

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