2K 4:3


Non spoken

Intertitles in English, French and Japanese


In this silent film, set during one Japanese summer, four young people discover how one book unites them. All four are fascinated with the novel N.P by the late and mysterious Sarao Takase. The eponymous film N.P dissects the young characters’ complex web of relationships. How does a translation relate to the original? How does fiction relate to reality? And what is the nature of the often incestuous interaction between the protagonists?

The strikingly beautiful colours of the summer define the mood and atmosphere of the film, turning its complex, dark heart into a serene and glowing meditation on the young and on the influence of past experiences on one’s life.

Lisa Spilliaert grew up in Japan and Belgium. The personal dialogue between two cultures is a common thread in her photography and film work. For N.P, her debut of a feature film, Spilliaert opted to adapt the novel into a non-spoken film with intertitles. This allowed her to highlight the physical presence of the words. The verbal silence is countered by newly commissioned compositions by noise rock legends Wolf Eyes (US), sound artist Asuna (JP) and the eloquent synth pop of Stacks (BE).

The film was screened or exhibited at:


  • Avant-première: Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE), 24 April 2019

  • FID Marseille (FR): International Competition, 24-26 July 2020

  • Berwick Film & Media Arts festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed (UK), 17 Sep. - 11 Oct. 2020

  • UNDERDOX, München (GE), openingsfilm, 8 Oct. 2020

  • litfilms - Literatur Film Festival, Münster (DE), 10 Oct. 2020

  • Black Canvas FCC, International Competition New Canvas, Mexico City (MX), 9 - 10 Oct., 2020

  • Belgian premiére: Art Cinema OFFoff, Ghent (BE), 19 Feb. 2021

  • Singabore International Festival of Arts: 14 - 30 May 2021

Credits :

Based on the book N.P by Banana Yoshimoto, originally published in 1990 by Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. in Japan. English translation first published in 1994 by Grove Press.

  • Director : Lisa Spilliaert

  • Translation, Dramaturgy : Sis Matthé

  • Sound Concept : Vincent Stroep

Main actors :

  • Kazami Kano : Clara Spilliaert

  • Sui Minowa : Mikiko Kawamura

  • Saki Takase : Saartje Vande Steene

  • Otohiko Takase : Hiroshi Miyamura

Crew in Japan :

  • Line Producer : Takehiko Kurokawa

  • Camera : Hiroshi Ashikaga

  • Drone, Assistant Camera : Takao Yoshimori

  • Gaffer : Hans Bruch Jr.

  • Assistant Gaffer : Mitsunori Sakano

Crew in Belgium :

  • Camera, Gaffer : Hans Bruch Jr.

  • Assistant Camera, Gaffer : Bert Savels

Post-production :

  • Subtitle Font, Title Design : Kyosuke Fujita

  • Sound design : Sen Studio

  • Foley : Olivier Thys

  • Final mix : Laszlo Umbreit

  • Editing : Inneke Van Waeyenberghe, Lisa Spilliaert

  • Soundtrack : Asuna, Wolf Eyes, Stacks


Thank You : Tokyo Vision, Crasco, Kanazawa Film Commission,

Toyama University of International Studies

With the Support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Arts Flanders Japan,

City of Ghent, Vidi-Square

Co-produced by : Argos, Beursschouwburg

Produced by Escautville

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HD 16:9


spoken | English subtitles


"Growth record 3" is the third part in a yearly conceptual series, steadfastly documenting the growth of a baby towards adulthood through photography and video.

In a voiceover, Spilliaert unfolds the reasons for starting this project. She bluntly explains being intimate with a Japanese man who became a father about nine months later. Spilliaert imagines she herself could have easily gotten pregnant and thus becoming the mother.


This project seemingly attempts to portray a newborn being as well as the artist herself – whose own ageing process is indirectly a subject. We’re made privy to the space Spilliaert occupies in the life of the young child, behaving at once as intruder and observer. Disregarding her personal involvement, she acts as if she’s carrying out a professional assignment. By displaying photography as a rigid ritual, the autobiographical aspects of the piece are surpassed.

The film was screened or exhibited at:


  • Het Bos, Antwerp (BE) 2016

  • LLS 387, Antwerp (BE) 2016

  • National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (JP) 2016

  • Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE) 2018

  • Derde Triënnale Hedendaagse Kunst van Psychiatrische Ziekenhuis Duffel, Duffel (BE) 2018



  • Produced by Escautville and LLS 387

  • Camera: Chloë Delanghe 

  • Edit: Elias Heuninck

  •  Mix: Yoerik Roevens

  • Grading: Loup Brenta

  • Subs JP-EN: Emi Kodama

  • Titels: Mario Debaene