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A Documentary by Cláudia Varejão, 99 Minutes

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SYNOPSIS

A dive, the noon sunlight cuts through the water. The air on both longs will have to be enough to rip the abalone from the rocks in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With no aid from air tanks or any other tools to enable underwater breathing, the body as a whole is summoned to its limit. In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday not knowing what they'll find. Underwater, their delicate bodies turn into those of sea hunters. The Ama-San have been diving like this in Japan for over 2000 year.

CAST AND CREW

Director: Cláudia Varejão    
Screenplay: Cláudia Varejão
Production: Terratreme Filmes, Mira Film, Flying Pillow Films
Producers: Celeste Alves, Vadim Jendreyko, Atskuo Onho
Director of Photography: Cláudia Varejão
Editors: João Braz, Cláudia Varejão
Location Sound: Takashi Sugimoto
Sound Design and mix: Dominik Avenwedde, Daniel Almada
Editorial Department SRF: Urs Augstburger

INFO

A Documentary by Cláudia Varejão
A coproduction between Terratreme Filmes and Mira Film with Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR, Flying Pillow Films
DCP, 99 Minutes, colour, 16:9
Original version Japanese, Subtitles Portuguese/German/English/French
© 2016 Mira Film / Terratreme Filmes / Flying Pillow Films / Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen SRG SSR
ISAN 0000-0004-22CC-0000-5-0000-0000-M
Distribution Switzerland: VINCA FILM  

PRESS

Stille Schönheit, respektvolle Nähe Programmzeitung_20160601
Diving into the abyss of femininity Cineuropa_20140420 
Schaumgeborener Frauenbund Neue Zürcher Zeitung 20160616 
Magisch schwebende Emotionen Der-Andere-Film.ch 20160616
Furchtlose Taucherinnen, die einer anderen Welt zu entstammen scheinen Medientipp.ch 20160616
Ein Alltag zwischen Mühsal und Befriedigung Sennhausersfilmblog.ch 20160616
Starke, selbstbewusste Frauen Spuren.ch 20160616
Faszinierende Einblicke in eine uralte Tradition Forum-Pfarrblatt 20160616 
Ein respektvoller, sehr schöner Dokumentarfilm Radio SRF 2 Kultur Filmpodcast 20160617
Wunderbar poetisch St. Galler Tagblatt 20160618 
Eine Hymne auf das Leben Filmexplorer.ch 20160629

Press enquiries: info@vincafilm.ch

DVD

DVD will be released in 2017

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Visions du Réel Nyon 2016, International Competition   
Karlovy Vary IFF 2016, Competition: SPECIAL MENTION
Ginmaku Japanese Film Festival 2016
Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF 2016
Five Lakes International Film Festival 2016
Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2016 
IFF Message to Man 2016, SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE BELLONA FOUNDATION
DOCLISBOA 2016, national Competition: BEST FILM PRÉMIO INGREME / DOCLISBOA