What is it that you said?

On March 28, 2020, the Governor of Tokyo told us to, "Refrain from going out unnecessarily," and I had to cancel a scheduled shoot. The next day, snow fell unseasonably and within a few days there was no trace of it. Two years ago, my mother went into a deep slumber and has not yet woken up from her dreams. The Chinese man across the street is dreaming and shouting again tonight. My apartment became the center of my universe and I fought more with my girlfriend who lives with me. I rolled my camera and listened to the sounds around me. I heard the words that came from the faraway you and the nearby you. What is it that you said?

  • Shun Ikezoe
  • Shun Ikezoe
  • Aiko Masubuchi
  • Eri Saito
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000,000 JPY
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    8mm, 16mm
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  • New York Film Festival
    United States
    October 3, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Black Canvas Film Festival
    October 8, 2021
    International Short Film Competition
  • Entrevues - festival international du film de Belfort
    November 24, 2021
    European premiere
    International Short Film Competition
Director Biography - Shun Ikezoe

Shun Ikezoe is a filmmaker and artist born in Kagawa in 1988 and raised in Osaka, Japan. Shun makes works by collecting individual voices and memories and reconstructing them into an universal voice. His film Jujuba (2018) about his life with his Chinese stepmother screened at numerous film festivals including Pia Film Festival and Hong Kong International Film Festival and won the Award for Excellence at Image Forum Festival in 2018. See you in my dreams (2020) was about his grandmother who raised him and has screened at festivals including Marseille International Film Festival, Pesaro Film Festival and New York Film Festival. In his new film What is it that you said? (2021), made in life during the pandemic, Shun turned to listen to the inner voices and lives around him. The film will world premiere at 59th New York Film Festival. Shun has also exhibited works in galleries and museums and was most recently part of the group show Until it gets dark at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

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