The aim of the Official Film is to bring a unique editorial angle to the Olympic Games experience and aim to capture the soul of a specific edition of the Games while also considering the broader social and cultural context.
For each edition of the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee, in close collaboration with the Organizing Committee of the Games, reviews proposals from the host nation’s top filmmaking talent to direct the Film. Kawase was chosen after close consultation among Tokyo 2020, Japanese film experts, international film experts, and the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage who guides the production on behalf of the IOC.
The director of the Official Film must bring a unique editorial angle to the Olympic Games experience and aim to capture the soul of a specific edition of the Games while also considering the broader social and cultural context. Kawase was chosen for the strength of her proposal which reflects a nuanced understanding of Japanese culture and Olympic values, as well as for her strong track record and outstanding international recognition.
World-famous film directors such as Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Milos Forman, Carlos Saura and Leni Riefenstahl were commissioned to create full length documentaries providing an artistic view on the Olympic Games.
These films reflect the people and culture of the host nation, plus the vision of the director and looks beyond the Olympic venues to include brief vignette of the time and place where the Olympic Games were held.
These films constitute a unique heritage, and today 52 films have been restored and are available to be shown to the public. They are regularly screened at cultural events, festivals and museums.
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