Produced by: TRINH T. Minh-ha and Jean-Paul BOURDIER
Passage is a film on friendship and death in transcultural time.
Made in homage to Kenji Miyazawa's novel, Milky Way Railroad,
the story evolves around the spiritual journey of a young woman (Kyra),
in the company of her best friend (Nabi) and a little boy (Shin), into
a world of rich in-between realities. Their journey into the land of 'awakened
dream' and out is experienced as a passage of cross-cultural appearances,
from a death to a return in life, that occurs during a long ride on a
night train. At each stop of the train, the travelers set out in the dark
to come across an inner space of longing, in which their eyes and ears
meet with events at once too familiar and oddly strange. Playing with
the space of two-dimensional spectacles, the film itself unfolds in the
rhythm of a train of window images, and each of the places visited features,
with magnetic intensity, an artistic means of communication of our times.