5 August: Naomi Kawase



Naomi is one of Japan’s most prolific directors and dexterous in all cinematic crafts from editing, acting, producing, cinematography and screenwriting and has a boast-worthy 26 directing credits to her name from shorts, docs and dramas. Her latest alluring film An (translated as Sweet Bean or Red-Bean Jam), is out today and has garnered critical acclaim including an Audience Award at Cork Film Fest, a nomination for Un Certain Regard at Cannes and has seen actress Kirin Kiki win best actress at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Naomi began her career shooting experimental Super 8mm films with an autobiographical bend at just 18 years-old. Her first fiction feature film Suzaku (Moe no Suzaku) began her long and ongoing reign as Cannes royalty with her scooping the prize for best new director and a place on the jury panel in the forthcoming years.

Watch the trailer for the poetic An (an adaptation of the novel by Durian Sukegawa) about an elderly woman in a peaceful village under the threat of disease who impresses the community with her culinary talents.


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