Daïchi Saïto (Canada / Japan) studied literature and philosophy in the USA and Hindi and Sanskrit in India, releasing his first book Moving the Sleeping Images of Things Towards the Light with Les éditions Le Laps (2013). Saïto is now based in Montréal where he is a co-founder of Double Negative, an artist’s collective dedicated to the exhibition and production of experimental film. His work explores the relation between the corporeal phenomena of vision and the material nature of the medium, fusing a formal investigation of frame and juxtaposition with sensual and poetic expressions. Saïto’s films have been exhibited at festivals, museums, galleries and cinematheques worldwide, including The New York Film Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Toronto International Film Festival; Hong Kong International Film Festival, among others. His film Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis won the Jury Grand Prize at Media City Film Festival in 2010. He has taught cinema at Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, and Concordia University in Montréal. Saïto’s films are in the permanent collections of the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna) and the Slovenian Cinematheque (Ljubljana), and are distributed by Light Cone (Paris), Arsenal (Berlin) and CFMDC (Toronto). Saïto was a commission artist of MCFF’s Mobile Frames and Underground Mines residency programs in 2014–2015. He currently teaches at Binghamton State University in upstate New York.
DAÏCHI SAÏTO'S TREES OF SYNTAX, LEAVES OF AXIS
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: December 2 – December 23, 2020
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis, 10 min, 2009