Director: Naomi Kawase

France, Japonija, 2018, drama, 104 mins. English, French, Japanese with English and Lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Jeanne leaves for Japan, in search of a rare medicinal plant. During this trip, she meets Tomo, a forest ranger, who accompanies her on her quest and guides her on the traces of her past. 20 years ago, in the forests of Yoshino, Jeanne lived her first love.

About the director

Born in Nara, Japan, Naomi Kawase graduated from the Visual Arts College Osaka in 1989. Her films Embracing (1992) and Katatsumori (1994) received international recognition and awards at the 1995 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival.

In 1997, she became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or, for her first feature Suzaku presented at the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2000, Hotaru won both the FIPRESCI and the CICAE Prizes at Locarno. Then followed a whole series of feature films selected at the Festival de Cannes in Competition: Shara (2003), The Mourning Forest (Grand Prix 2007), Hanezu (2011) and Still the Water (2014).

Among other honors, she received the Carrosse d’Or from the Directors’ Fortnight (2009) and was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture (2015). She was a member of the Jury headed by Steven Spielberg at the 66th Festival de Cannes. Retrospective exhibitions of Kawase’s work have been organized all over Europe, including The Jeu de Paume in Paris (2002). In 2010, she founded the International Nara Film Festival, dedicated to promoting the work of young directors.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Naomi Kawase

Producer: Marianne Slot, Naomi Kawase

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase, Mari Natsuki