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Director: Fiona Tan
The Japanese Mount Fuji emerges in every frame of this lyrical photo-film experiment, which is brought to life by a story about love and loss. Moving and philosophical.

In the countless photographs - from family snapshots to military propaganda - constituting this cinematographic experiment, the revered Japanese volcano Mount Fuji keeps reappearing as a silent sentinel. Meanwhile, the soundtrack unfolds a fictional story about an English woman and her deceased Japanese lover who once scaled the mountain. Memories set off a flood of associations that gradually broadens the horizon. From touchingly personal to historical and philosophical, with reflections on the meaning we give to the world.


Executive producer
Sound Design
Production company
Antithesis Film
Distributor NL
Periscoop Film
Postproduction company
Loods Lux & Lumen
Title: Ascent
Year: 2016
Duration : 1 hour, 20 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2017
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