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.

(インタビューの日本語版は以下をご覧ください。)

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.  


インタビューの日本語版

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 。

大学生の時、映画批評のゼミにいて、監督の考えていることが知りたくて、自分で作ってみようと思いました。

最初の映画プロジェクトはどのようなものでしたか。

卒業制作でした。

『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?

井の頭公園が100年目を迎える2017年に向けて作られた映画だったので、過去の人の想いを現在の人が繋ぐような話にしようと思いました。
また、公園の中を、主人公たちが、何かを探して巡る話にしようと思ったとき、音楽というアイディアが出てきて音楽を完成させる話になりました。
そのなかで、時空を超えた不思議な感覚を、ストーリーの中で表現したいと思いました。

撮影中で経験された面白かった出来事や、難しかった出来事は?

普段の公園や街での撮影で人止めなどできなかったため、
役者やカメラの存在をなるべく気づかれないようにすること。
公園には車両が入れなかったため、撮影中の、役者の移動が自転車だったこと。

これまで一番影響を受けられた監督・映画人は誰ですか。

たくさんいますが、大学、大学院時代の先生であった、黒沢清監督と、映画批評家の梅本洋一(故)教授。

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。

一度、ベルリン映画祭に行ったことがあります。
裏切られることなく、ビールとソーセージが美味しかったです。また、ドイツ、行きたいです。

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