a CO-PRODUCTION of GREEK FILM CENTER PANAGIOTIS RAPPAS ΤΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟ ΣΧΕΔΙΟ
LONG, LONG ago there lived somewhere among the mountains of Japan a poor woodcutter and his wife. They were very old, and had no children. Every day the husband went, alone to the forest to cut wood, while the wife sat weaving at home.
Director’s Notes: Things That Are Near Though Distant Paradise, The course of a sail boat, Relations between a man and a woman.
Sei Shonagon “THE PILLOW BOOK”
This beautiful poem, written nearly thousand years ago by a Lady of the Imperial court of Japan, in just three short sentences describes with unimaginable precision something so complex that will reach thousand of volumes of studies, analyses, articles and essays to illuminate even few of the edges of its subject matter. Paradise, a concept associated with the supernatural and immortality and something so ephemeral (and poetic rather than just an image), the passage of a ship on the horizon, deliberately in succession, invoke the senses and the imagination. Just what one needs to understand little of the relationship Man-Woman.
Lafcadio Hearn, Irish and Greek from ancestry and Japanese from choice, in his short story “The Fountain of Youth” tries also, like Sei Shonagon many centuries before, in the same subject matter: Relations between a man and a woman.
This also is the intention of the short film based on the exact short story: to approach in a different way “Things that are near though distant” and unbelievably “Strange” some times. As a tribute to a writer who left behind a very large in volume and very high in quality work and succeeded to introduce the western readers in the wonders of Japanese literature, art and culture.
Biography: Panagiotis Rappas was born in the island of Hydra. He studied Painting, Engraving and Animation in Germany. In 1985 he began working in the animation industry, in Berlin and Munich getting experience in all aspects on the production process of an animated feature film. In 1989 when Steven Spielberg opened AMBLIN-Universal animation studio in London, he was one of the first-recruited artists. In 1995 he co-founded Stardust Pictures Ltd and acted as Producer and Creative Director of the projects undertaken by the company such as the acclaimed “1001 Nights” for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Oscar nominated animation short “The Periwig Maker”. In 1999 he co-founded Time Lapse Pictures in Los Angeles and in 2001 Time Lapse Pictures Hellas SA in Athens and he is acting to this day as Director of the company. Panagiotis Rappas is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science.
7th Athens AnimFest 2012: Best Animation, 14th Patras International Film Festival 2012: Best Animation
Official selection River Film Festival in Padua/Italy2013