Naomi Kawase

Naomi Kawase

  • Japanese director, born in Nara in 1969.

    After a degree in photography, she directed several short and mid-length films. In 1997, she completed her first feature film, Suzaku, which won the Caméra d’or in Cannes. The film takes place in Nara, her native province, whose rural landscapes she has never stopped filming. Her body of work stands out through its combination of introspection and spirituality, filmed through the prism of daily life. Hotaru (2000) and The Mourning Forest (2007) were to follow, the latter wining the Grand Prix in Cannes, and later, Hanezu (2010). A member of the Jury in 2013, she returned to present Still the Water in competition the following year. She then created her most popular success Sweet Bean (2015), before shooting Radiance (2017) and Vision (2018).

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  • Embracing (につつまれて, Ni tsutsumarete) (1992) Katatsumori (かたつもり, Katatsumori) (1994) Sun on the Horizon (陽は傾ぶき, Hi wa katabuki) (1996) This World (現しよ, Arawashi yo ou Utsushiyo) corélisé avec Hirokazu Kore-eda Suzaku (萌の朱雀, Moe no suzaku) (1996) The Weald (杣人物語, Somaudo monogatari) (1998) Kaleidoscope (万華鏡, Manguekyo) (1999)  Firefly (火垂, Hotaru) (2000) – Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom (追臆のダンス, Tsuioku no dansu) (2002)  Shara (沙羅双樹, Sharasojyu) (2003)  Shadow (影-Shadow, Kage-Shadow) (2004)  Birth/Mother (垂乳根, Tarachime) (2006)  The Morning Forest (殯の森, Mogari No Mori) (2007)  Nanayomachi (七夜待) (2008)  Koma () (2009)  Genpin (玄牝) (2010)  Hanezu (朱花の月, Hanezu no tsuki) (2011)  Still the Water (2つ目の窓, Futatsume no mado) (2014)  A Sweet Taste of Life (あん, An) (2015)  Radiance (, Hikari) (2017) – Vision (2018) – True Mothers (朝が来る, Asa ga kuru) (2020)

Their list of films