Hinoki Farm

Akiro Hellgardt, Frederick Wiseman, Heidi Ewing
Germany, Japan 2013 | 29 Min. | original
Q&A with:
Akiro Hellgardt

After their retire­ment about 15 years ago, Mrs. and Mr. Kikuchi left Tokyo and start­ed a new life in the rural and moun­tain­ous region on the island of Kyushu in south­ern Japan. Here, they found­ed HINOKI FARM, where they built the build­ings and began tend­ing the fields and a garden on their own. The doc­u­men­tary HINOKI FARM is a study of their daily work and the simple things in life. It tells the story of the way life goes in old age, taking us on a visual jour­ney into ancient meth­ods, slow­ing down our every­day hustle. The com•position of the film and the smooth camera flows have an almost cathar­tic impact on the viewer.