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Hanezu
Hanezu no tsuki
dir. Naomi Kawase / Japan 2011 / 91’
subtitles: Polish and English

Cast

Tôta Komizu, Hako Oshima, Tetsuya Akikawa, Akaji Maro, Kirin Kiki

Film description

The pervasive redness throughout Hanezu is a constant reminder of the mystic connection between the present and the time of our ancestors. While the young tenaciously attempt to break that bond, the influence of generations past is inexorable. The past constantly permeates the present. Ghost of centuries past abound in this cinematic story’s documentary fragments from archeological digs, leaving traces in contemporaneity: on the lands of the Asuka region, the birthplace of the Japanese nation. Modern societies suffer because they don’t understand they are a part of nature. The catastrophic 2011 earthquakes in Japan made me more thoroughly aware of our earth’s fragile beauty, and therefore of us as well,expounds director Naomi Kawase.

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Information about director

Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase was born in 1969 in the town on Nara in Japan. She graduated from the School of Photography in Osaka and spent four years there as a lecturer. He feature debut, Suzaku, received the 1997 FIPRESCI Prize at the Rotterdam IFF and Golden Camera Award at Cannes IFF becoming its youngest recipient. She has also directed documentaries, music videos, is a writer and journalist. Her The Mourning Forest (2007), winner of the Grand Prix at the 60th Cannes IFF screened at the 7th NH.

Selected filmography

2000 Hotaru / Firefly

2003 Sharasojyu

2007 Las w żałobie / Mogari no mori / The Mourning Forest

2008 Nanayomachi

2010 Genpin (doc.)

2011 Hanezu / Hanezu no tsuki / Hanezu

 

 

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

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director: Naomi Kawase
screenplay: Naomi Kawase, based on a novel by Masako Bando
cinematography: Naomi Kawase
editing: Naomi Kawase, Kaneko Yusuke, Tina Baz
music: Hasiken
cast: Tôta Komizu, Hako Oshima, Tetsuya Akikawa, Akaji Maro, Kirin Kiki
producer: Naomi Kawase
production: Kashihara-Takaichi Regional Administrative Association, Kumie
sales: Memento Films International
language: Japanese
colouration: colour
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