We first provide details for the proof of Fujita's second theorem for Kähler fibre spaces over a curve, asserting that the direct image $V$ of the relative dualizing sheaf splits as the direct sum $ V = A \oplus Q$, where $A$ is ample and $Q$ is unitary flat. Our main result then answers in the negative the question posed by Fujita whether $V$ is semiample. In fact, $V$ is semiample if and only if $Q$ is associated to a representation of the fundamental group of $B$ having finite image. Our examples are based on hypergeometric integrals.
Digital Object Identifier: 10.2969/aspm/07410073