Still The Water
On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko attempts to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.
"I would like spectators to realize that we human beings are not the centre of all things. We are but one part of a cycle in nature. I must construct a story where the conclusion is that this immense cycle – inside of which all of us exist – is of divine essence. Our soul is complex, vague and unpredictable."
Cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Miyuki Matsuda, Tetta Sugimoto, Makiko Watanabe
Screenplay: Naomi Kawase
Director of Photography: Yutaka Yamazaki
Film Editor: Tina Baz
Production Designer: Kenji Inoue
Sound: Shigeatsu Ao
Producer: Masa Sawada
Co-Producer: Anne Pernod, Nobuya Wazaki, Olivier Père, Rémi Burah, Luis Miñarro
Production Company: COMME DES CINÉMAS
World Sales: MK2
Director: Naomi Kawase