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N.P

Lisa Spilliaert

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Takeover: II. Voice Takeover N.P
Lisa Spilliaert
2020

60 Minutes

Date
Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

In this silent film, set during one Japanese summer, four young people discover how one book unites them. All four are fascinated by the novel N.P by the late and mysterious Sarao Takase. The eponymous film N.P dissects the young characters’ complex web of relationships. How does a translation relate to the original? How does fiction relate to reality? And what is the nature of the often incestuous interaction between the protagonists? The strikingly beautiful colors of the summer define the mood and atmosphere of the film, turning its complex, dark heart into a serene and glowing meditation on the young and on the influence of past experiences on one’s life. Based on the novel N.P (Banana Yoshimoto, 1990).

This screening is part of Voice Takeover, the second chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Category
Film, Language & Linguistics
Subject
Translation, Fiction, Video Art
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Lisa Spilliaert grew up in Japan and Belgium. The personal dialogue between two cultures is a common thread in her photography and film work. For N.P, her debut of a feature film, Spilliaert opted to adapt the novel into a non-spoken film with intertitles. This allowed her to highlight the physical presence of the words. The verbal silence is countered by newly commissioned compositions by noise rock legends Wolf Eyes (US), sound artist Asuna (JP) and the eloquent synth pop of Stacks (BE).

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