ミューズは溺れない A Muse Never Drowns
- Motomachi Movie Theater: TAKAHASHI Isao
“A Muse Never Drowns” marks the debut feature film of the promising director ASAO Nozomi, expresses in various ways that life is scrap and build.
The characters, amidst adolescence, confront their own identities, and though it may seem small at first glance, it becomes a significant step towards changing society.
One unforgettable scene stands out among the many vivid and fresh shots. In an art class, the main character’s hesitant hand drawing a sketch on a white sheet of paper appears prominently. The challenges of making that initial stroke, in various aspects of life (including film production, of course), resonate with the audience as they witness the confusion and trembling of hands.
Director Asao’s shots appeal directly to the viewer’s senses, but they also seem to encourage intellectual contemplation. Perhaps it’s because she contemplates various aspects when making a film.
In any case, I urge you to watch this film, “A Muse Never Drowns”!
- ASAO Nozomi
Immersed in a pool of talented cast and crew, “A Muse Never Drowns ” embarked on its journey in the summer of 2019 but faced a temporary hiatus due to the pandemic, and ultimately emerged as a finished piece in 2021. The culmination of 2 years of effort allowed us to capture on camera not only the evolution of the characters’ hearts but also the evolving world around us.
In this film, characters with diverse sexualities open up about their individual feelings and learn to acknowledge each other. At its core lies the notion that “each person’s sexuality is not easily confined to rigid boundaries but rather flows through a gradient”. The characters layer lines and colours to create paintings and the object of a ship, engaging in a cycle of destruction and creation, as they strive to face themselves, others, and the world.
Through the act of creation, hearts find liberation, sparking a surge of unfettered imagination. To express the joy of sharing this with others, we took on the challenge by intertwining sound effects with musical expression and leaping through spatial dimensions with visual representation. Keep an eye out for the captivating aspects of both the paintings and objects crafted within the film itself.