a million


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

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