Guest in Focus: Natsuki SETA – Parks

In our next installment of Guest in Focus, we hear from Natsuki SETA, director of the unique Nippon Visions film Parks.  

Natsuki SETA was born in Osaka in 1979. She studied at the Graduate School of Film and New Media at Tokyo University of the Arts and later worked as an assistant for Takeshi KITANO and Kiyoshi KUROSAWA, among others. Her feature film debut A Liar and the Broken Girl (2011) was screened at various international film festivals.


When and how did you first get into filmmaking?

When I was in university there was a seminar on film criticism and I wanted to know what the directors were thinking, so I thought; why not make a film myself?

What were your first film projects?

It was my final project for university.

Where did you get the idea for Parks, and what story would you like it to tell?

The film was made for 2017, which is the 100th anniversary of Inokashira Park, so I wanted to tell a story about the people of today sharing feelings with people of the past. I thought about making a story in which the protagonists are looking for something in the park. Then the idea of music came into my mind and it became a story about creating music. Therein I wanted to express that strange feeling of transcending time and space in the story.

Were there any funny or difficult situations you experienced during the shooting?

Because we couldn’t disturb the people in the park and in town too much, we tried to avoid having the actors and the camera be noticed. And since cars cannot enter the park the actors had to move by bike during the shooting.

Who is the director/filmmaker that influenced you the most?

There are many, but especially director Kiyoshi KUROSAWA, who was my teacher in university and grad school and the late film critic and professor Yoichi UMEMOTO.

Have you ever been to Germany before, and if so, what was your favorite/strangest/funniest experience?

I’ve been to the Berlin Film Festival once. And I wasn’t betrayed: the beer and sausages were delicious. I’d love to visit Germany again.

Translated from Japanese.  

Parks will have its international premiere on Thursday, May 25, at 19:45 in the Naxoshalle theater. It is eligible for the Nippons Visions Jury Award and the Nippon Visions Audience Award.  


映画作りを始めたのはいつ頃ですか。どのようなきっかけでしたか 。




『パークス』のアイディアはどこで得たものですか。また、その映 画の中で、監督が表現しようとしているのは、どのようなストーリ ーですか?






ドイツに来られたことはありますか?もしありましたら、一番好き な・変な・面白い経験はなんでしたか。


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