Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase, Mari Natsuki
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.
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.
2015 AN: SWEET RED BEAN PASTE
2014 STILL THE WATER
2007 THE MOURNING FOREST