Kawai+Okamura《Mood Hall》
  • Film


Dec 27, 2019

Kawai+Okamura《Mood Hall》
Received the Labo – Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève Award at Animatou International animation film festival 2019 in Switzerland.

Japan | 2019 | color | DCP | 16:9 | stereo | 33’33” | animation, experimental, mystery | no dialogue

Music | Marihiko Hara
Additional Compositin|Polar M
Opening titles | Kaito Mizuno

<49th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma> 
sect:Les Nouveaux Alchimistes section
(Available online 10/7-31 *only in Canada)
The Mood Hall will be screened at Montreal Nouveau Cinema Festival (FNC) in Canada.
49th Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma
Les Nouveaux Alchimistes section

Synopsis |
Mood Hall—the enigmatic game played amongst the survivors in the post-apocalyptic world. The strange space in which the game is played is also known by the same name. Mysterious middle-aged and older gentlemen and beautiful women, giants, and little people appear and disappear in various places. What is Mood Hall? “Overture: Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” “Five Flukers in the Fluke Pit,” “Homo Ludens,” “Multiplication 1,” “Rooms,” “Mood Hall St.,” “Multiplication 2,” and “Blue Skies from Pain”—a high-density labyrinthine world consisting of eight experimental, artistic, and adventurous sketches, half sci-fi and half mystery.

Director’s statement |
Prince famously said, “Albums… Remember those? Albums still matter. Like books and black lives, albums still matter. Tonight and always,” in his speech as a presenter at the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony. In a slight departure from the intentions of the original message, albums, which were born in the twentieth century, still matter today as a form of time-based art that is ideal for both artists and audiences. The time-based world of the LP record, uniquely consisting of thirty to forty-six minutes, is still a very suggestive means of enjoying time-based art, even in the midst of the rapid acceleration of the changing times in 2019. It is characterized above all by the world created by focusing on continuous streams of multiple images and interweaving your own knowledge, memories, and interpretations; by that blissful moment when it feels as though the artist’s message is meant for you and you only; and by the total immersion in the world born from the resonance between the sound we listen to while gazing at the album cover and the audience’s imagination. How can the album format in music be translated into film? We have been working on this question for quite some time now, and it has finally taken shape as Mood Hall. A work that can be called an album was born.

Director’s biography |
KAWAI+OKAMURA is a Japanese creator unit of film and contemporary art. Takumi Kawai was born in Osaka in 1968. Hiroki Okamura was born in Kyoto in 1968. They formed Kawai+Okamura in 1993 while studying at Kyoto City University of Arts graduate school. Although they created a huge light box work in which sculpture and painting were united, gradually its painterly and modeling elements expanded into the first video works and the first solo exhibition “Over the Rainbow” in 1997 (Art Space NIJI, Kyoto). In 1999, the solo exhibition “The man from The Genre Mountain” (Kyoto City Shijyo Gallery) announced the first cell animation “HOLY & CHEAP.” Since then, they have been acting globally, mainly in digital model animation, including “Ficfyon7″ (2004). “Columbos” (2012), first showed at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival (2012, Switzerland), received the best award of animated film of International Short Film Competition at Krakow Film Festival (2013, Poland) and the Honorary Mention in the Computer Animation / Film / VFX section of Ars Electronica Festival (2014, Austria).
Takumi Kawai is a professor and Hiroki Okamura is an associate professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design, department of Information Design.