NANBANJIN ( The Barbarians from the South )

trailer of the movie

by Gianni Gebbia

lenght: 47 minutes
Produced by Objet-a Italy 2012

with: Marco Franco, Tiago Frois, Gianni Gebbia, Fabrice De Nola,Sonoda Ikumi, Koyano Tetsuro, Marcos Fernandes, Ronsan, Salvator J.Liotta, One Drop Sogenji Zen Sangha, Giovanni Scarcella.


Nanbanjin ( The Barbarians from the South) is how the ancient japanese during 1500 were calling the first europeans to land in the Japanese Islands, they were mainly christians fathers came to evangelize as Missionaries.
This work refers to some of them who came from Sicily and Italy.
Starting from a simple but positive misunderstanding that happened in the very first meetings between Saint Francisc Xavier and the Zen buddhist monks, the director is leading the wiewer towards a reflection about the “ first sight “ impressions freed from any cultural or political frames that usually interferes with the perception. This very first exchange was based on the idea that Buddhism was a sort of lost Christian sect and the same thought the Zen people had towards this stranger who they thought was an Indian buddhist since the Christian were sailing mostly from India.
Nanbanjin is also an autobiographical work since Gebbia has been spending long time in Japan as a musicians and also as a Rinzai Zen student in Japan. He has not used any actor but instead only real people, mostly artists in an totally improvised concept with no any prewiew script but only a conducting major idea.
The movie has been shot in a totally indipendent way in Sicily, Portugal and Japan.

Born in Palermo Italy in 1961, he’s an internationally well known saxophone player and jazz composer. As a musician he partecipated in some of the maior festivals of jazz and experimental music and recorded over 40 lp and cd’s.
As a soundtracks composer he has been working with some directors as Raul Ruiz, Guido Chiesa, Roberto Andò, Franco Maresco and also coreographers
as Pina Bausch, Iwana Masaki, Endo Tadashi and many others.
As a director in 2011 he produced “ Asakusa no Brecht “ ( Brecht in Asakusa) about the world of Tokyo undeeground cabaret in a onirical and poetical frame. In 2011 this movie has won the second price in the Zen trailer film festival in Kamakura Japan and has also been presented in the Italian Queer Film Festival in Palermo.


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