Japanese filmmakers carve out high profile in Cannes
In her latest challenge, film director Naomi Kawase attempts to depict her country and its people through different perspectives.
While the media tends to place priority on celebrities and major events, Kawase focuses on those forgotten or overlooked in rural Japan in her film Hanezu No Tsuki, which is to be screened in the main competition of this month’s Cannes Film Festival.
‘This film simply depicts what it is ‘to live’ our lives based on the old and profound history of Nara, Japan,’ Kawase said in her statement on her website. ‘In the ancient time, people took more time and waited long to make their wishes come true.’
In the film, Takumi, a local craftsman, and Kayoko, who likes a dyeing operation by hand, grow up together until high school. The two are reunited and she started to become fascinated with him. Their grandparents also wanted to get married in the past.