Les sorcières de l'orient

The Witches of the Orient

Julien Faraut

France 2021. 100 Min.
Color. DCP. J/e

The screening includes a lottery for the Festival bag 

The women's volleyball team of the textile company Nichibo, strictly speaking its spinning mill in Kaizuka, made sporting history in the 1950s and 60s: under the leadership of their coach Daimatsu Hirofumi, the young workers and employees developed into the most successful international team of their era. Just how famous they were can be seen in Shibuya Nobuko's short documentary [Chôsen] (1963), which focuses on the harsh training, the importance of Daimatsu and the women's motivation. The team was famous as a joint phenomenon – but who were the individual young women such as the team captain Kasai Masae, or Miyamoto Emiko, the world's best attacker of her time?  For more than half a century, they have been icons and role models – giving rise to women's sports manga culture and the likes. Until Julien Faraut arrived – the archivist of the 16mm collection of INSEP (the national institute of sport, expertise and performance) and the director of essay films such as Regard neuf sur Olympia 52 (2013) or L'Empire de la perfection (2018) – and wanted to know what the still living players had to say about their story. Using a wide variety of materials about the players both then and now, Faraut creates a captivating and playful collage about self-determination. (om)


DirectorJulien Faraut
ScreenplayJulien Faraut
CinematographyYamazaki Yutaka
EditingMarie Pascaud
MusicJason Lytle
ProducerWilliam Jéhannin
DistributionLightdox, Blonay,

Julien Faraut