Fukiko

by Tal Drori


I was deeply moved by Bertil Nilsson’s beautiful dance film when I first saw it about a month ago. Nilsson is a London-based photographer and filmmaker whose work explores movement and the human form. I love his stylised stills but it’s this film that really blew me away.


I am slightly obsessed with dance. I’ve been training in classical ballet for many years and Tel Aviv,
my second home, has an amazing contemporary dance scene. I love watching it live but somehow
dance films almost always leave me a bit indifferent. Not this one though. Nilsson’s two-minute 
film, featuring and named after the mesmerising Fukiko Takase, explodes with raw emotion. The 
stripped-back production is reduced to a few basic elements that are all in perfect balance with one
another. I love how the stark backdrop is animated by the electric colour treatment, heightening
the potency of the images even further. And as if this visual sensation wasn’t enough, the piece
is scored with this heartbreaking song by Jason Molina. I just watched it again, probably for the
15th time. It still moves me.

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