Vision

Japan, France, 2018, 109’

Director

Naomi Kawase

Producer

Satoshi Miyazaki,
Naomi Kawase,
Marianne Slot

Scenario

Naomi Kawase

Rights Holder

Elle Driver

DOP

Arata Dodo

Cast

Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase, Mari Natsuki

Production

Slot Machine, Kumie, LDH Japan

Jeanne, a French journalist, comes to Japan in search of “Vision”, a rare medicinal herb said to strip away all spiritual anguish and weaknesses in human beings. Upon arriving in Nara, she meets the taciturn Tomo and his mentor Aki, a charismatic prophet and keeper of the forests who claims to be 1,000 years old. As the sacred moment of vision's return looms, past events are summoned, new connections are forged, and time itself seems to slip from its perceived order – yielding new possibilities for human existence.

HONORS
2018 San Sebastian IFF (Spain) – Main Competition
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
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Naomi Kawase

Born and raised in Nara, Japan, Naomi Kawase became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or at Festival de Cannes with her first feature SUZAKU (1997). Ten years later she was back with her 4th feature THE MOURNING FOREST and received the Grand Prix. Subsequently, she repeatedly participated at the Cannes IFF with films HANEZU (2011), STILL THE WATER (2014), AN: SWEET RED BEAN PASTE (2015), RADIANCE (2017). Kawase is also the founder of Nara IFF where she welcomes young emerging filmmakers from all over the world.

Selected filmography

2017 RADIANCE

2015 AN: SWEET RED BEAN PASTE

2014 STILL THE WATER

2011 HANEZU

2007 THE MOURNING FOREST

1997 SUZAKU