A gentle tone poem of blossoming romance and the luminous brilliance of humanity hiding in plain sight.
Introverted Misako pens and workshops film audio descriptions for the visually impaired. In a particularly brutal feedback session, a brusque photographer Nakamori, who is slowly losing his sight, challenges her competence. As she pushes back, the two slowly form a connection that heals and opens up a radiant universe that was once invisible.
Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase builds on the trajectory charted by her previous works, from Suzaku (1997) and Shara (2003) to An (2016), exploring the deep emotional wells of characters through virtuosic use of sound and colour. She walks on the right side of saccharine, brokering poignant revelations as the two characters rediscover themselves and find soulmates in one another. A kaleidoscopic world unfolds, and we see the humanistic core of Kawase’s work in the the fragile beauty she reveals.
Cast & Credits
Born in Nara, Japan, Naomi Kawase became the youngest winner of the Camera d’or for her first feature Suzaku (1997). Her films have won prizes at various festivals including Locarno and Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, and has been consistently showcased at Cannes. She is also highly recognized for her accomplishments in documentary filmmaking. In 2010, she founded the Nara International Film Festival, dedicated to promoting the work of young directors.
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• Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2017