Naomi Kawase

1997 Moe No Suzaku / Suzaku
2000 Hotaru Firefly
2003 Shara
2007 Mourning Forest
2008 Nanayomachi
2011 Hanezu no tsuki / Hanezu
2014 Futatsume No Mado / Still the Water
2015 An

Born and raised in Nara, Japan, in 1997 she became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes with her first feature Suzaku. Ten years later, her fourth feature, Mogari Nu Mori (The Mourning Forest), received the Grand Prix. She also received the Carrosse d’Or from Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2009. In 2012, her films Hanezu and Genpin were internationally released, and a retrospective was held at the Cinémathèque Française. Besides being a filmmaker, she is also the founder of the Nara IFF.

Special Screenings

An / Naomi Kawase

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis– pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen, he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making “an”. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes... And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

Director:Naomi Kawase
Script:Naomi Kawase, based on the book by Durian Sukegawa
Cinematography:Shigeki Akiyama
Editing:Tina Baz
Sound:Eiji Mori
Music:David Hadjadj
With:Kirin Kiki (Tokue), Masatoshi Nagase (Sentaro), Kyara Uchida (Wakana)
World Sales:MK2, France T. +33 1 4467 3018
Production Design:Kyoko Heya
Producer:Masa Sawada, Koichiro Fukushima Yoshito Oyama
Production:Comme des Cinemas, France T.+33 1 4429 & Nagoya Broadcasting Network (Japan) & Twenty Twenty Vision (Germany)
Production Country:Japan-France-Germany
Co-production:AEON Entertainment (Canada), Kumie, Poplar Publishing Hakuhodo (Japan), Elephant House (Films), The Asahi Shimbun Company (Japan), ZDF/ARTE (Germany), MAM
Format:DCP Color
Production Year:2015
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Sunday, November 08, 2015 - 20:00 | ID:216
OLYMPION:Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 18:00 | ID:915