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“My films are often characterized by rapid bursts of fleeting images. They are ephemeral, transient. As soon as an image is born, it is dead already, supplanted by another cycle of life and death, and it goes on and on like a frieze. The eye can’t hold but its lingering echoes. The cinema for me is not truth 24 frames per second, as the cinematographer Raoul Coutard once said to Godard; rather, it is death 24 frames per second. Or it is life 24 frames per second. Either way, it is saying the same thing. And truth is elsewhere. Truth is somewhere in broad daylight, unnoticed by us who pass it by everyday. But to be locked in Plato’s cave is in fact a privilege of the artist, not a misery. For the artist is the one who finds clarity in the darkness of the cave: clarity away from truth. Which is a humbling truth for the artist.” – Daïchi Saïto
Chiasmus (16mm / b&w / sound / 8 min. / 2003)
Chasmic Dance (16mm / b&w / silent / 24fps / 6:30 min. / 2004)
Blind Alley Augury (super-8mm / color / silent / 18fps / 3 min. / 2006)
All That Rises (16mm / color / sound / 7 min. / 2007)
Green Fuse (super-8mm / color / silent / 18fps / 3 min. / 2008)
Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (35mm / color / sound / 10 min. / 2009)
Never a Foot Too Far, Even (double-projection 16mm / color / sound / 14 min. / 2011)
Japanese filmmaker based in Montreal, Daïchi Saïto studied literature and philosophy in the USA and Hindi and Sanskrit in India before turning to film. His work has screened at numerous venues worldwide, and his film Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis won the Best of the Festival Award at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Jury Grand Prize at the 16th Media City Film Festival. Co-founder of the Montreal-based artist filmmaking collective Double Negative, Saïto also serves as Co-Director of CinemaSpace at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts.
Balagan is a screening series that takes place every other Tuesday at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. It is run and curated by a group of local filmmakers: Alla Kovgan, Jeff Silva, Stefan Grabowski and Mariya Nikiforova. Visit balaganfilms.com for more information about the series.
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