"See the land of morning calm" a fiction in the heart of North Korea broadcast on Arte
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"See the land of morning calm" a fiction in the heart of North Korea broadcast on Arte

Pyŏngyang : North Korea | Sep 22, 2011 at 9:37 PM PDT
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Six French tourists come to visit North Korea: this theme, fiction "See the land of morning calm", which aired Friday on Arte, some scenes were shot without the knowledge of authorities, takes us to the heart of this closed country in the world.

The film follows the journey of a group of French tourists who meet at the time of taking the train from Beijing to Pyongyang.

They enslave the visits to the capital campaign and the country, monuments to the military regime and folk performances, supervised by a North Korean guide and assistant.

The whole is punctuated by including the voice of one of the protagonists, who turns herself a short film: "It crosses a country that lives in the Middle Ages. The dream of my father and my grandfather sprayed" "Kim, Kim, Kim, ad nauseam."

Meanwhile, the plot is tied around the rising mistrust between the characters, with the idea that a spy has crept into the troop.

Beyond the plot, this drama, which has a dimension documentary book on the life of the elements and propaganda in North Korea, over the movements of the group.

Its originality is largely based on the method of shooting.

"We left, the six actors and myself, to say it was the director or actors. We were in a group of fifty people, tour," said the director Gilles de Maistre, who had won the Albert Londres in 1990 for his story "I am 12 years old and I make war."

"We filmed without the knowledge of all, with a small camera like those used by tourists. The guide and some people have played in fiction without knowing it," he adds.

It states that "a thorough job of preparation was necessary because on-site had to be very discreet."

With this fiction, Gilles de Maistre said he wanted to "discuss the plan, its absurdity." "It also allows viewers to see North Korea in an unprecedented way," said he.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (C) visiting the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il (C) visiting the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang
rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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