Scene from the film Kawasaki Keirin
Scene from the film Kawasaki Keirin
Scene from the film Kawasaki Keirin
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Kawasaki Keirin

  • Switzerland
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A minuscule bar-grocery in the industrial city of Kawasaki in Japan is the meeting place for regulars busy drinking cans of beer, chatting about this and that, and betting on bike races. They get a little drunk and they share something... “I like things that foat because, in water, I sink”, confesses the manager. For him, as for his customers, the cyclists attached to their pedals, unfappable as they speed by in line, are a bit like a lifebelt, and the velodrome like a boat. (Madeline Robert)


  • Original title
    Kawasaki Keirin
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Sayaka Mizuno
  • DOP
    Masanori Omori, Sayaka Mizuno
  • Editing
    Gabriel Gonzalez
  • Sound
    Masanori Omori, Sayaka Mizuno
  • Duration
    41 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Ginmaku Film Festival, Zurich
    • Les Ecrans Documentaires, Arcueil
    • Les Etats généraux du film documentaire, Lussas, Expériences du regard
  • Awards
    • Miradasdoc, Tenerife, Special Mention First Feature
    • Traces de Vies, Clermont-Ferrand, Prix des formations audiovisuelles - Prix de la MAIF
    • International Debut Documentary Film Festival Rudnik, Russie, Compétition, Prix Evening Kazan Paper’s Special Prize
    • Visions du réel, Nyon, Compétition Helvétiques, Prix du Jury SSA/SUISSIMAGE du film suisse le plus innovant
    • Nara International Film Festival, Japon, Compétition NARA-wave, Prix The Flaherty Talent Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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