Aleksey GERMAN jr.
Алексей ГЕРМАН мл.
Alekseï GUERMAN jr.
2011, 10mn 
Colour, fiction
From Tokyo
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Из Токио


 De Tokyo

 Iz Tokio

Directed by : Aleksey GERMAN jr. (Алексей ГЕРМАН мл.)
Music : Aleksey AIGY (Алексей АЙГИ)
Produced by : Artiom VASILYEV (Артем ВАСИЛЬЕВ)
Release date in Russia : 17/09/2011
Sites : IMDb, Kinopoisk

Plot synopsis
This film is a very short story about a former rescue worker returning from Tokyo – a man who is quite successful in his everyday life, and who, after hearing about another earthquake in Japan, dropped everything and went there to help. He is flying back home in an almost empty plane. Indeed, many regular flights have been canceled, and the ones that are still operated do not sell out. He is flying back with a very elderly Japanese man he had just saved – the man is now all alone in the world, his family had died. And the two men somehow clicked. Perhaps because our main character is also lonely. Also flying with them on the plane are those who are no longer here.Those who did not survive the disaster. Together with the characters, their past moves through space – their memories, their world. The world that is no less, but perhaps even more important for them than the reality.

Commentaries and bibliography
De Tokyo (2011) [de Alekseï Guerman Jr.], Julien MORVAN, Perestroikino, 2020
Director’s Statement :
I have a very vivid memory of the family dacha where I grew up. The big, rusty metal barrel. The yellow house across the road. The country that no longer exists and the friends I will never see again. These memories grow inside me; they become larger than me and remain something that I keep returning to. These memories are me. And this is why it was important for us to tell a deep, significant story about the fact that the past and the people who are no longer with us never actually go anywhere. About the fact that our memories are us. And sometimes the memories are more substantial, more real and deeper than our reality.

Selected in the following festivals or events :
- Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), 2012
- Venice International Film Festival, Venice (Italy), 2011
- Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival, Estoril (Portugal), 2011
- Russian Film Festival, London (United Kingdom), 2011

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