The 1986 Eurythmics tour of Japan. It is the end of the world tour during which Annie Lennox (vocals) and Dave Stewart (guitar) promote their latest album Revenge. It is also, between concerts, the shock of discovery: a world of sounds as cultivated by the Japanese, both brutally technological and highly refined traditional expressions.
Long panther coat, bleached hair, ghetto-blaster on the shoulder and synthesisers - there’s no doubt about it, we’re back in the 1980s. As he follows Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart on their Japanese tour, Amos Gitaï offers us much more than a simple chronicle on touring musicians; he casts a critical gaze on the position of the West with regards to a different culture and the dangers of trivialising it. Over long sequences, the two musicians, who seem genuinely fascinated by Japanese culture, appear very often like bulls in a china shop, finally paying little attention to their hosts.
The excellent work of the chief camerawoman, Nurith Aviv, is also worthy of note on concert shots, filmed camera on the shoulder in sequence shots, perfectly embracing the group’s performances.
Brand New Day is a two-headed film that offers us an insight into the cultural, and therefore political challenges of its time.
Amos Gitaï was born in Israel, in 1950. He studied architecture, following his father's footsteps, when the Yom Kippur War interrupted his studies. During his helicopter missions, he began to use a small Super 8 camera. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he made several documentaries, including House (1982) and Field Diary (1982). It was also during this period that he went into exile in France and began to stage fictions on the theme of exile such as Esther (1986) or Berlin-Jerusalem (1989). Back in Israel in the early 90s, he shot many fiction and documentary films that marked his return to the country: Devarim (1995), Kippour (2000), Alila (2003). He now resides in Haifa and Paris, but works all over the world. In nearly forty films, Amos Gitaï has produced an extraordinarily varied work in which he explores the history of the Middle East and his own biography through the recurring themes of exile and utopia.