feature length documentary film
by Arata Mori
Emilione, a million lies - so people nicknamed Marco Polo, a 13th-century Italian merchant. When Polo released a book about his 24 year journey through the silk road, people doubted his astonishing story. They called him a liar. The film “A Million” swings like a pendulum between reality and illusion by depicting an imaginary city on the projection of real urban cities along the new silk road - revived by the Chinese political initiative's alternative globalization.
A filmmaker from an eastern country tells the story of his travels to the west. Through his eyes, we observe cities with no name and passers-by with no nationality. Wandering over the boundary between truth and fake, “A Million” confronts a fabricated, materialistic world in political transformation. This film is the visual adaptation of Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, a counterfeit travelogue and a real love story.
Production Year | 2021
Format | Digital HD, DCP
Sound | Dolby Surround 5.1
Length | 65 mins
Co-Production | Mori Film (Japan), Ossa Film (Germany)
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Writer | Arata Mori
Co-Producer | Andreas Hartmann, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Music | Yu Miyashita
Sound Design | Philippe Ciompi