The very blue eye of Pascal Gautrand and a mini review of Taste of Tea by Katsuhito Ishii


Sun 14/08/2005 20:37 DianePERNET(987)

Dear Shaded Viewers,

The plan was to meet my friend Pascal Gautrand on the passerelle de Solferino near the Tuillieres but it started to rain and so we decided to meet in Monmartre instead. Take my word for it, his eyes are truly blue even though my phone image fails to show that to you.  He just came back from a trip to Tuscany and Umbria. Pascal is a graphic designer and we are working on a project together for our favorite bag designer Dognin, Paris. He’s also designing their website.

After wards I went to meet my friends Pierre Marie and Nicolas of the holiday pictures and we went to see The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji) written and directed by Katsuhito Ishii. His other films are Shark Skin Man and Hip Peach Girl, never saw them but love the titles. A lovely magic-realist film that was coined the Amelie Poulin of Japan or if a Japanese Doppelganger of Jean-Pierre Jeunet had a love child with Gabriel Garcia Marquez they might have come up with this film. It could have lasted 2 hours instead of 2 1/2 but if you have not seen it yet, I recommend it. It is one long and delicate day dream and a film that would be appreciated by any artist or graphic designer or film maker for that matter. I love the scene with the train coming out of the center of Hajime’s far head. As an aside, Katsuhito Ishii directed the amazing animation sequence in Kill Bill Vol 1.

Take care, Diane


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.