The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

Edo Avant Garde

Japan | 2019 | 83 min
Japanese, English | Subtitles in English
Cinematography: Norimichi Kasamatsu
Director: Linda Hoaglund
Categories :
FIFA Competition


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Quebec Premiere

This documentary shines a light on the Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603-1868), true pioneers of “modern art.” During this period, Japan was prospering in peaceful isolation from Western powers, and artists were boldly experimenting with abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the illusion of 3D. Directed with great flair, this film is a masterful presentation of Edo art, tracing the artists’ roots and inspirations in nature, Buddhism and Shinto animism. Supremely beautiful.

Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2019


Linda Hoaglund

Linda Hoaglund is a bilingual filmmaker born and raised in Japan. The daughter of American missionary parents, she attended Japanese public schools and graduated from Yale University. She has directed and produced five feature-length films about art and the relationship between Japan and the United States.
Hoaglund has also subtitled 250 Japanese films, including Seven Samurai by Kurosawa, Spirited Away by Miyazaki and Battle Royale by Fukasaku. She has translated Kabuki performed at Lincoln Center and essays by Issei Miyake, Ishiuchi Miyako, Tomatsu Shomei, Yokoo Tadanori, Kirino Natsuo, Moriyama Daido, Takashi Murakami, Ando Tadao and other renowned artists and writers. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Wings of Defeat (2007) ; ANPO: Art X War (2010) ; Things Left Behind (2012) ; The Wound and The Gift (2014) ; Edo Avant Garde (2019)

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