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(Moe no suzaku)

by Naomi Kawase




Director: Naomi Kawase

Script: Naomi Kawase

Cinematographer: Masaki Tamura

Editing: Shuichi Kakesu

Art Director: Etsuko Yoshida

Sound: Osamu Takizawa

Music: M. Shigeno

Cast: Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Kotaro Shibata, K. Mukohira, Sachiko Tzsumi

Production: Wowow, Bandal Visual Co.

Les Films du Paradoxe
BP 47
92270 Bois Colombes
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033
Mail: [email protected]

Year: 1997

35 mm, Colour, 95 min
OV Japanese with French Subtitles

Caméra d'or - Cannes Film Festival 1997
Directors' Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 1997 
Grand Prix Festival Amiens 1997

Kozo Tahara's family lives in the area of Nara where they have been foresters for generations. The economical crisis has led most of the inhabitants to leave their village. It is said a railway tunnel would open up the hamlet. Kozo modestly lives with his wife, his mother, his three-year-old daughter and a cousin whose mother has left. For Kozo, this tunnel symbolises the promise for a better life. Fifteen years later, the only trace remaining of the project is an unfinished opening in the mountain. Michiru has grown up and is a college girl in love with her cousin Eisuke. Her mother has a part time job in the village's inn where Eisuke is also employed. There are less and less inhabitants remaining in the village. One day, Kozo disappears with his super 8 movie camera.

Naomi Kawasake has captured the subtle and complex relationship between man and nature. The beauty of the images and the powerful and communicative emotions of the film convey the passing of time in a graspable way. With her sensitive and moving first film, Naomi Kawase was awarded the Gold Camera at Cannes Festival in 1997.

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