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Short Film Review: Echoes from a Bridge (2021) by Bilal Kawazoe

Short Film Review: Echoes from a Bridge (2021) by Bilal Kawazoe

With “Echoes from a Bridge” Bilal Kawazoe follows the success of his award-winning short “Whole” (2019) and introduces an unlikely couple. Kawazoe, who grew up biracial and bilingual in Tokyo, tells about the encounter between an old night guard, played by Keiji Yamashita (“Melancholic” 2018), and a drunken salaryman. As the old man stands silent on his post on a bridge, the talkative clerk gets his gossip off his chest, which turns into a daily routine.

Echoes from a Bridge is screening at Skip City International D-Cinema Festival

Only 15 minutes long, the film models an atmosphere of solitude and loneliness. Using the nocturnal backdrop of an urban industrial zone with harbors, residential areas, bridges and water reflections, one can easily relate to the feeling of the characters. A sad instrumental soundtrack highlights the combination of high-resolution pictures and emotional coldness. The salaryman who tries to break the silence and get in touch

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