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Under Snow (Unter Schnee) 2011

Directed by Ulrike Ottinger

It is deep winter in the Japanese province of Echigo. The snowy landscape might look like the backdrop to a fairytale, but life in the white cold is arduous for the inhabitants of the region. Ulrike Ottinger observes contemporary life there and simultaneously sends off two actors on a journey to explore the region’s past. UNDER SNOW is a realistic documentary about a rural area and also an investigation of its myths.

Ulrike Ottinger is one of the outstanding avant-garde filmmakers and contemporary artists of her generation. Her multi-layered work includes not only fiction and documentary films but also paintings and collages, photographs, theatre and stage productions.