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Boy with a Bike by the Dardenne brothers to inaugurate the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE's 4+1 Festival in Madrid

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Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will inaugurate the second edition of the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE's 4+1 Film Festival in Madrid with Boy with a Bike (2011), the film that won the Jury Prize in the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The 4+1 Festival will be held simultaneously from October 26th through the 30th in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, and its Guest of Honor will be Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, who will be present at the Main H...

Naomi Kawase, Guest of Honor at the second edition of the MAPFRE FOUNDATION's 4+1 Festival

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  Japanese film director Naomi Kawase, who competed for a Palme d'Or at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival with her film Hanezu no Tsuki (2011), will be the Guest of Honor at the second edition of MAPFRE FOUNDATION's 4+1 Film Festival. This competition, which is held simultaneously in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro from October 26th through October 30th 2011, will honor this filmmaker's prolific career by screening the key titles in her filmogr...

Earthquake shaped work of Japanese Cannes contender

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by Deborah Cole (On Twitter: @doberah http://twitter.com/#!/doberah)CANNES, France Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami in March had a powerful impact on Naomi Kawase's haunting new film in competition at Cannes, the Japanese director said on Wednesday.   "Hanezu" -- one of 20 contenders for the coveted Palme d'Or to be awarded by jury president Robert De Niro on Sunday -- tells the story of a love triangle in the mountainous Asuka region, seen as the birthplace of the Japane...

Tallinn celebrated Naomi Kawase

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In preparation of the launch of an omnibus film - 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero -  the highlight event of European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival organized a short welcome and press gathering on Tuesday 17 May 2011.   The press gathering introduced the project, revealed the first directors, as well as provided an opportunity to meet 60 seconds participating Japanese director Naomi Kawase whose  Hanezu no tsuki  is fea...

Films competing at san Sebastian

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Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell.The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 2007 for Mogari no More (The Mourning Forest). The British director, screenwriter...

Official Selection - John Sayles, Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Raúl Ruiz and Peter Mullan

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John Sayles, Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Raúl Ruiz and Peter Mullan in the Official Selection Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell. The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the...

"The Mourning Forest" by Naomi Kawase

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With Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest), the Japanese director Naomi Kawase is in Cannes once again, 10 year after her Camera d’Or for Moe No Suzaku, and four years after Shara was presented in Competition. In this new feature film, the young filmmaker focuses on an old man and his relationship with one of the home’s nursing staff. They are both heavily haunted by the loss of someone dear. Bereavement fuels The Mourning Forest: the word Mogari from the original title denotes the period of ...

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