Jill Coulon / 56’ / 2015 / Francia

Direction: Jill Coulon
Production: Virginie François
Script: Jill Coulon
Editing: Alex Cardon
Cinematography: Julien Gidoin, Jill Coulon
Sound: Ma Niu
Original Music: Laurent Dury

Journey to the West is an embedded documentary film into a bus with Chinese tourists visiting Europe for the very first time (6 countries in 10 days!). This road movie captures with humor, poetry and spirit the cultural differences between China and Europe in a play of mirrors and contrasts. It also destroys the stereotypes about the emerging Chinese middle class and reveals what they think about the “others” who are “us”, the Westerners

JILL COULON is a young, self-taught French documentarian. Driven by a strong passion for photography and travel, Jill Coulon described herself as a “Swiss Army Knife”. She started working in the film industry in 2002. In 2008 she moved to Tokyo on their own. The result of this trip is her first film: A normal life. Chronicle of a sumo wrestler, winning several international awards (Best Debut in MiradasDocs, Special Jury Prize at the Festival du Film d’Education, special mention at the Film Festival Flahertiana, Etoile con 2010 , etc.) In her new film Journey to the West, Jill Coulon continues to explore Asian cultures, with the same rigor and sensitivity in her first film, but now with a touch of humor. Jill has just finished a collection of 5 films, co-directed with Isabelle Dupuy Chavanat, untitled Au fil du monde (Weaving the world) – 5 portraits of extraordinary textile designers in Asia. The collection was for French-German TV Arte and starts to be shown in festivals (Traces de Vie, FIFMA, FICA, Curieux Voyageurs…).