Relationships between Japan and Europe have evolved over time based on historical encounters dating from the 1860s. This film explores those relationships through specific encounters depicted in Mori Ogai’s writings reinterpreted by four noted contemporary Japanese film directors. Objective portrayals of the characters reveal both their gritty, imperfect humanity, and universal ideals. The storytelling aims to transcend stereotypes or a beautification of the “other” culture.
Set in Sancerre, a medieval village on a hill above the mists rising from the Loire River. The centuries-old architecture becomes the stage for different periods in time, where light, shadows and colors are captured through evolving camera techniques. As perceptions of foreigners change, the narratives flow together to describe how people overcome prejudice, and continue to connect across culture, time and generation.
This project was launched together by Take Masaharu, Fukada Koji, Matsunaga Daishi, Uchida Eiji and Bryerly Long. The concept and script are developed through a collaborative process, incorporating the ideas of all five founding members. This makes "Reflets de Sancerre" unique, in that the directors influence each other mutually to create one story, with common threads, images and references, drawing on the strengths of each of their distinctive voices. Rather than isolated statements, this film project is a dialogue not only across cultures, but also between creators about film.