Scene from the film Uta Makura (Pillow Poems)
Scene from the film Uta Makura (Pillow Poems)
Scene from the film Uta Makura (Pillow Poems)
Scene from the film Uta Makura (Pillow Poems)
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Uta Makura (Pillow Poems)

  • France
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In 10th Century Japan, Sei Shonagon, lady-in-waiting to the Empress, wrote of the goings-on at the Japanese court. Fearing vengeance, she hid these secret notes in her pillow. UTA MAKURA is also a collection of humorous observations on modern-day Japan ranging from waterfalls to shopping malls, from kids in kimonos to fresh makimonos, from ancient wisteria to teenage hysteria, from homemade noodles to live painted poodles.


  • Original title
    Uta Makura (Pillow Poems)
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Vivian Ostrovsky, François Sculier
  • Sound
    Vivian Ostrovsky, François Sculier
  • Duration
    20 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, December 2006
    • Dokumentarfilm Festival, München, May 2000
    • Traces de Vie, Clermont-Ferrand, November 1996
    • Curtas, São Paulo, Brazil, August 1996
    • Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan, April 1996
    • Festival du Réel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, March 1996
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 1996
    • London Film Festival, London, UK, November 1995
    • Toronto Film festival, Toronto, Canada, September 1995
    • MoMA, “Experimental shortsDissolution/6 solutions 1990-1995”, New York, USA, April 1995
    • Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany, April 1995 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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