Naomi Kawase Naomi Kawase embarks upon a new world. ‘Embracing’, ‘Kya Ka Ra Ba A’, ‘Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom’ ... these very personal works of Naomi Kawase’s filmography were forms of artistic expression attempting to fill in the void from her own ‘losses in life’, such as parting and death. Now, as the mother of a newborn baby, she embarks upon a new era of her career. A new beginning that goes beyond the barrenness of loss and expresses the primitive power inherent in human nature. This new film will become the starting point for Naomi’s new life as a mother and filmmaker. ‘Traces left for the future to connect-- My mother left me when I was a child. And now I myself have become a mother… I will never abandon my son. Now a mother myself, I do not find myself understanding my parent’s feelings, but rather discovering that my feelings draw closer to my child… Instead of filling in the losses of the past, perhaps I can re-formulate memories of the past and give birth to something new. I wanted to be born, because I wanted to live.’ Naomi Kawase
Kawase Naomi, born May 30, 1969 in Nara, Japan, is a Japanese film director. Many of her works have been documentaries, including ‘Embracing’, ‘Katatsumori’ and ‘Tarachime’. After graduating from the Osaka School of Photography in 1989, he became the youngest winner of la CameÅLra d’Or award (the award for the best new director) at Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for her first 35mm film ‘Moe no Suzaku’. Kawase has completed production on her fourth full-length film ‘Mogari no Mori’, which won her the Grand Prix of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
2006, 40', color, video
Naomi Kawase, Kayo Takefuji
Festivals & Awards:
Locarno International Film Festival - Special Mention; Taiwan International Documentary festival - Merit Prize: Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival - New Vision Award