Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2017


Directed by Naomi Kawase


Director: Naomi Kawase
Section: Spotlight
Country: France, Japan
Year: 2017
Language: Japanese
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Masatoshi Nagase, Ayame Misaki, Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Shirakawa, Misuzu Kanno
18+ (no age rating)



Misako has a passion for writing audio versions of movies for the visually impaired. At a screening, she meets photographer Nakamori, who is losing his eyesight. She discovers a strange connection to her past in his work – and a gleaming new world opens to them both, which has been hitherto invisible to Misako.

Meet the director


Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase was born in 1969, and studied photography at the University of Visual Art at Osaka, when she started making experimental shorts and docs, often about her family life. She usually writes and directs her films including her debut MOE NO SUZAKO 1997, for which she won the Camera d’Or at Cannes, where she is a regular guest. THE MOURNING FOREST won the Jury Grand Prize 2007. In 2013, she was a member of the Jury herself. His most recent release was SWEET BEAN (2015).


Screenplay: Naomi Kawase
Director of Photography: Arata Dodo
Film Editor: Tina Baz
Composer: Ibrahim Maalouf
Production Designer: Setsuko Shirakawa
Sound: Roman Dymny, Boris Chapelle, Olivier Goinard
Producer: Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe
Production Company: Comme des Cinémas
Co-Production Company: Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions
World Sales: MK2 Films
Distributor: Concorde Filmverleih GmbH