Wednesday, 5 October 2016

LFF 2016 PREVIEW: ASCENT


'Tan's wonderful film captures the paradox of existing in time and space without movement'
Helen de Witt, BFI

'[A] splendid film essay on the study of historical and contemporary link between photography and film'
Carlota Mosegui, Otros Cines

Indonesian artist Fiona Tan makes her first appearance at the London Film Festival with Ascent. Comprised entirely of still images, some 4,500-odd, it's an experimental portrait of the history of Mount Fuji and the culture that has defined it over so many years towering over the Japanese landscape. Tan's first non-documentary feature, History's Future, premiered just earlier this year at Rotterdam, with Ascent first showing at Locarno this summer - a busy year for the filmmaker, who's en route toward making a big name for herself on the festival scene. Fulfilling my 2016 LFF mandate to see films representing all styles, genres, regions and origins, this is sure to be among the most unique and memorable experiences at the festival this year.