«…between the complex, almost abyssal, reflections on being gushing from zen philosophy and the clumsy surprises of the everyday, Zen for Nothing brings us a portrayal of an extraordinarily contemporary humanity, universal in its imperfections. A film which, beyond the profoundness of its reflections, gives us moments of complete levity, an unexpected marriage between the essence of being and self-deprecating humour that warms the heart despite the icy cold Japanese winter. Werner Penzel uses his camera not only as an eye but as an ear, nose, hand and heart too, giving us an experience that can truly be defined as sensory. An explosion of complex and unexpected undertones of the imitation of life itself.»
Giorgia del Don, (translated from Italian) for Cineuropa

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