An (Sweet Red Bean Paste)

Japan, France, Germany, 2015г., 113 min


Naomi Kawase

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis - pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making “an”. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes…

And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

2015 Cannes FF – Un Certain Regard (Opening Film)
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Naomi Kawase

Director, scriptwriter, producer. Born in Nara, Japan, She made her first feature «Suzaku» in 1997 and became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes IFF. Participated in Cannes main competition in 2003 with «Sharasôju». Four years later she came back with «The Mourning Forest» and received the Grand Prix. She also received the Carrosse d’Or from the Directors’ Fortnight in 2009. Participated in Cannes completion again in 2014 with «Still the Water». She is prize winner of Rotterdam, Locarno, San Sebastian IFF. Kawase is also the founder of the Nara International Film Festival where she welcomes young emerging filmmakers from all over the world.

Selected filmography

2015 An (Sweet Red Bean Paste)

2014 Still the Water

2007 The Mourning Forest

2003 Sharasôju