Very much looking forward to this: The second Place M film festival!

Place M is a photography gallery located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, that serves as a venue for hybrid, boundary-pushing forms of photographic expression. Two years ago, with the establishment of their film department, they started their own film festival. This year, due to the current pandemic, the second Place M Film Festival will be held online. My good friend Yuka Sato will be directing it, presenting films from diverse cultures and backgrounds as well as enlightening videos of the participating filmmakers as they discuss their work.

Yuka is herself a stunning ‘boundary-pusher’, which is why I am very curious about her version of the festival. I love and admire her ability to combine experimentation and poetry in her films, a combination that I only very rarely come across – which, by the way, I also find in the work of one of my other friends, albeit in a completely different medium, namely the improvisations of saxophone player Frank Gratkowski. (What Wikipedia says about Frank can certainly also be applied to Yuka: on the one hand, the beauty and purity of her images is striking. At the same time, she is an image researcher to whom the expansion of the arsenal, the exploration of image possibilities is very important.) So I hope to find a little of her artistic vision in the works presented, too.

Please find more information on their website: https://www.placemfilmfestival.tokyo/

Here is already an overview of their schedule: