DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Toward a Common Tenderness


Toward a Common Tenderness


CATALOGUE TEXT
A young Japanese woman in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is both subject and object of a poetic film research in a foreign land. Attempts to inscribe herself into unfamiliar daily routines. Nomadic invididuality on lonely outposts. What could easily have become self-satisfied introspection is shown in “Toward a Common Tenderness” as a deficient state of being that must be cracked open. The camera becomes the filmmaker’s physical and spiritual tool to capture her own story, her current human and geographical environment and a path through life that may or may not result from this.

Kaori Oda’s film has a mysterious beauty, a beauty on uncertain terrain. Perhaps it most resembles the kind described by Robert Bresson in his “Notes on Cinematography”: “The beauty of your film will not be in the images (postcardism) but in the ineffable that they will emit.”

Ralph Eue

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Credits
Original Title: Toward a Common Tenderness
Country: Japan, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Year: 2017
Language: Japanese
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 64 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Kaori Oda
Producer: Shinji Kitagawa
Cinematographer: Kaori Oda
Editor: Kaori Oda
Music: Mono Fontana
Sound: Kaori Oda
Script: Kaori Oda
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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.