Thu 26 July
CULTVIDEOTHEEK: Michel Banabila and ‘The Woman in the Dunes’
This impressive film from 1964 by Hiroshi Teshigahara with a stunning soundtrack by composer Toru Takemitsu was rewarded a Special Jury Prize at Cannes and an Oscar nomination for best ‘foreign language film, which is unusual for an avant-garde film.
Jumpei Niki, a scientist from Tokyo who studies insects, is collecting insects on the coast, but misses his last bus. He gets offered a place in the house of a young woman on the bottom of a sand quarry which is only accessible with a ladder. The next day shows the ladder disappeared and he became a prisoner of the sand.
The sight of sand will never be the same for those who have seen this wonderful cinematic masterpiece..
Rotterdam sound artist Michel Banabila handles a wide variety of sounds and recordings of acoustic instruments to complex, immersive soundscapes. Especially for ‘The Woman in the Dunes’ he makes a musical introduction in which specific sounds from the film are processed.
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