Mountain Plain Mountain
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    Mountain Plain Mountain

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    Japan, Netherlands, Spain

    2018

    21 min

    • Japanese

    Documentary

    Deepening confusion becomes a delightful experience watching this collaborative film by Daniel Jacoby and Araki Yu. The documentary observes the idiosyncratic sounds and rhythms of Ban’ei, a rare kind of draft horse race that takes place only in Obihiro, Japan. Capturing the behind-the-scenes operations of the race, the film gradually twists itself into a knot as the excited voices of the commentators merge into a frenzy of gibberish.

    Awards

    • Tiger Award - IFF Rotterdam

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Daniel Jacoby
    Araki Yu
    Editing
    Daniel Jacoby
    Araki Yu
    Production
    DANIEL JACOBY
    Production
    YU ARAKI
    Daniel Jacoby

    Daniel Jacoby

    Peru

    Daniel Jacoby’s work spans from film to sculpture, installation and performance. His inventive and indirect approach to the subject matter has lead him to document isolated individuals with eccentric views of the world, re-stage everyday situations in uncanny ways, explore ambiguous concepts with impossible explanations, and create dystopian realities that seem to weirdly shed light on our current livelihoods. The result is often a personal and subjective exploration of topics like outsiderness, belonging, loneliness, friendship, desire and spirituality. After graduating in fine arts from the University of Barcelona, he furthered his education at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Recent exhibitions include venues like EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam), Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), The Banff Centre (Alberta), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (Hamburg), 1646 (The Hague) and Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg). His short films have won prizes at the IFF Rotterdam, Filmadrid, Videoex Zurich and Lima Independiente, as well as shown at festivals such as the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Les Rencontres Internationales, EMAF, Jeonju IFF and Videobrasil. Daniel has participated in residency programs at the Delfina Foundation (London) and Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo). His latest work is the short film NO ONE CRIED (2021) premiered at IFF Rotterdam.

    Selected Filmography

    Yu Araki

    Yu Araki

    Japan

    Yu Araki (b.1985, Yamagata City) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis, U.S.A. in 2007, and completed his Master of Film and New Media Studies from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. In 2013, he was selected to participate in Tacita Dean Workshop hosted by Fundación Botín in Santander, Spain. During 2017-8, he was a guest resident at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea, and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Recent exhibitions include Shiseido Gallery, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas; and Okayama Art Summit, Okayama. His films have been programmed in international festivals such as BFI London Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, and International Film Festival Rotterdam, where he won the Ammodo Tiger Short Film Award in 2018. He was shortlisted as one of the 21 artists for the Future Generation Art Prize hosted by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2019. He currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Their latest film, HONEYMOON (2021), premiered at FID Marseille.

    Selected Filmography