L'Inalco fait son cinéma - Eastern Memories: from Japan to Mongolia

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Eastern Memories, Niklas kullström and Martti Kaartinen, 2018
English VO versions with Japanese, Mongolian, Chinese and Korean. French subtitles.

Eastern Memories is an unexpected road movie into the Far East of Mongolia and Japan. Seamlessly intertwining the past and present into a visually stunning journey of adventure and exploration, love and death, conspiracies and the fall of nations - all told by a dead Finn from the distant north.

The film brings together parallel realities of a bygone world and the transitory present, old beliefs and traditions clashing with a world of visionless capitalism. It shows the great divide between nature and cities, resources and consumption.

Finnish linguist and diplomat G. J. Ramstedt takes us into the past world of spirits and deities. A world that came to a dramatic end in the early 20th century, due to communist ideology and market economy. Ramstedt is our witness of the past and our mirror to the present. We travel with him on unexpected roads together with Mongolian gangsta rappers, Chinese hipsters, Japanese lovers, buddhist monks, nomads from the vast steppe and the ubiquitous Salarymen populating every corner of Tokyo. 



Niklas Kullström is a producer, director, cinematographer and media artist with a BA in aesthetics and an MA in fine art photography. Films Kullström has worked on include the short documentary “Say Hello in Slovio”, the short film “The Dijon Story” by Mikko Myllylahti, and the feature documentary “In Praise of Nothing” by Boris Mitic. His art has been internationally displayed at several different venues, most notably at the Hamburg Photography Triennial in 2015.

“Eastern Memories” is Kullström’s debut film as a director.


Martti Kaartinen is a filmmaker and scriptwriter. He has acted as a lead in several short films shown at major festivals and broadcasted on tv. He is currently involved in several different film projects as a director, writer and as an actor. As a journalist Kaartinen has written articles ranging from social to cultural issues, and done photo reports for various publications.

“Eastern Memories” is Kaartinen’s debut film as a director

Intervenants :

Charlotte MARCHINA

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