THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT [LES SORCIÈRES DE L’ORIENT]

11/15/2021 08:00 pm – Krypta der Marktkirche

France 2021 100 min Japanese original version with English subtitles
German premiere

by Julien Faraud

Script: Julien Faraud, DoP: Yutaka YAMAZAKI, Editor: Andreï BOGDANOV, Production: , Producer: William Jéhannin, Cast: Kinuko IDOGAWA, Yoshiko KANDA, Yoko TAMURA, Katsumi CHIBA, Yuriko NAKAJIMA, Kayako KIHARA, Ryo KIHARA, Chikako HIOKI, Hina HIOKI, Yuina HIOKI.

“The Witches of the Orient” is the nickname given to the most successful Japanese volleyball team in history. The “witches” won the World Championship in 1962 and Olympic gold in 1964. With 258 wins and no losses, the team remains a legend in Japan to this day. Director Julien Faraut interviews the aging players to explore the myth behind their stunning success in this gripping essay on Japanese culture.

Having worked with the French Institute of Sport (INSEP) for 15 years, Julien Faraut has had access to a large and mostly unseen collection of 16-mm archival footage, aiming to bridge the connections between sport, cinema and art. With a fascination for the incredible achievements of highly skilled athletes, he explores in THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT these unique sportswomen through the medium of film.

Julien Faraut, born in Colombes/France in 1978, studied history. After his exam, he started working for the French Institute of Sport (INSEP) in Paris, where he supervises a collection of 16-mm films. Using this collection, he makes his own visual essays, combining sport history and documentary art. His film JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION was shown at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival.

Filmography: 2003–2009 MEMOIRE D’ENTRAINEUR, 2004 PARIS JEUX T’AIME, 2006 LA CREATIVITE DU VIDE, 2007 PERSPECTIVES RUGBYSTIQUES, 2008, APPARITIONS, 2009, UNE SEULE FOIS, 2010 PHRASES D’ARMES, 2011 TABLEAUX NOIR ÉCRAN LUMINEU, 2013 REGARD NEUF SUR OLYMPIA 52, 2014 ENTRAINEMENT, 2015 JJBALLET, 2018 JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION, 2021 THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT

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