Shooted in a middle school gymnasium in suburban Japan, Goshogaoka takes as its ostensible subject the exercise routines and drills of a girls basketball team. The film consists of six ten-minute takes, shot with a fixed camera at court level, in which the various cadences of chanting voices and bodily movements digress into distinct studies. Taken together they construct a subtle and multi-layered social portrait, a portrait framed within a study of choreographed movements and therefore one in which documentary values soon become inseparable from aesthetic ones. As there are no games, scrimmages, or barking coaches here, just the girls and their routines, the image is not so much one of contest and gamesmanship but of individuation within a scene of group cooperation. A scene where shyness, camera shyness included, goes hand in hand with an odd sense of social comfort.
Original version: without dialogue. Script: Sharon Lockhart. Image: Tatsuo Suzuki. Editing: Roderick Donahue. Sound: Josh Turner. With : Naomi Hasegawa, Eri Hashimoto, Emi Ishida.
Production: Sharon Lockhart.
Distribution: Image Forum Tokyo.
- Little Review / 2017 / 27’17”
- Rudzienko / 2016 / 53’
- Antoine Milena / 2015 / 3’29”
- Five Dances and Nine Wall Carpets by Noa Eshkol / 2011 / continuous loops
- Four Exercises in Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation / 2011 / 16’03”
- Podwórka / 2009 / 32’
- Double Tide / 2009 / 99’
- Exit / 2008 / 41’
- Lunch Break / 2008 / 83’
- Pine Flat / 2005 / 137’41”
EP – Hommage à Sharon Lockhart
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