Morimoto: Omakase

You have the feeling of being in a theatre behind the curtain. You are very close to the players with their elegant quick and professional use of their tools. In their white dresses and with their Japanese smiling politeness they cut, massage and arrange in a highly artistic manner.

Yesterday the show/play had seven chapters with a small intermezzo after the first four. The dramaturgy was clear: a strong colourful start to catch the attention of the audience, like a tableau, followed by some issue presentations leading to a first beauty contest between the elements. Close-up of oyster and foie gras. To be continued later on, earth and water, lobster and thin cut meat.

The professionals were busy in their open working place, gentle movements, the tone of the play was inviting, yet the music was not really fitting, too loud, too much pop, why not a composition from the country of origin?

Otherwise a perfect narrative, playful and clever and aesthetic. With a happy, sweet ending, colourful, sunshine, a taste of summer.

There are several versions available from the hands and mind of Morimoto, the one I chose is for most of us a once-in-a-year experience. Or less.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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