Before the opening of the 70th Festival de Cannes
Director, writer JAPAN

Naomi KAWASE

Naomi KAWASE

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Biography

“Films enrich people’s lives, and their worlds inspire new possibilities. It is a little over 100 years since the advent of films, and their potential is ever expanding. They are exceptional media that can embody the diversity of world cultures, and their stories are like another life that enchants the audiences who see them.
Short films are exceptionally difficult, facing the question of how much of a story can be experienced in their short duration, while they also contain myriad possibilities yet unseen. And among films created by students there will be the discovery of hidden brilliance like a gemstone, which makes me very much look forward to participating in this jury, a journey of adventure.”


Born in Nara, Japan, Naomi Kawase graduated from the Visual Arts College Osaka in 1989. 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). Sweet Red Bean Paste was selected to be the 2015 Un Certain Regard opening film. Naomi Kawase is also highly recognized for her accomplishments in documentary filmmaking. Among other honours, 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.

Films presented at Cannes

AN 2015 Un Certain Regard Director, Script / Dialogue
FUTATSUME NO MADO Futatsume no mado 2014 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
HANEZU NO TSUKI HANEZU 2011 In Competition – Feature Films Cinematography, Film Editor, Director, Script / Dialogue
MOGARI NO MORI THE MOURNING FOREST 2007 In Competition – Feature Films Director, Script / Dialogue
SHARASOJYU 2003 In Competition – Feature Films Actor, Director, Script / Dialogue

Awards

THE MOURNING FOREST
MOGARI NO MORI THE MOURNING FOREST 2007 Grand Prix Director, Script / Dialogue
Film poster
MOE NO SUZAKU 1997 Caméra d'or Director
Jury members
President - Cinéfondation & Short Films - 2016
Member - Feature films - 2013
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Directors

Albert MAGNOLI

Albert MAGNOLI

Brillante MENDOZA

Brillante MENDOZA

Director
BOO Junfeng

BOO Junfeng

Director
Julia KUPERBERG

Julia KUPERBERG

Director
Jonathan JAKUBOWICZ

Jonathan JAKUBOWICZ

Mohamed  DIAB

Mohamed DIAB

Director
Nicole GARCIA

Nicole GARCIA

Director
Pietro GERMI

Pietro GERMI

Régis WARGNIER

Régis WARGNIER

Director
Xavier DOLAN

Xavier DOLAN

Director
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