International Competition

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Lucy Walker
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 3  
26.02. / Tuesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Friday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 3  
A stunning visual poem about the ephemeral nature of life and the healing power of Japan’s most beloved flower.

Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s recent tsunami find the courage to revive and rebuild as cherry blossom season begins. Featuring photography by Aaron Phillips and music by Moby.


Lucy Walker

Lucy Walker is a British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award. Her films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013, screened at 2014 ZagrebDox), Waste Land (2010, winner of Audience Award at 2011 ZagrebDox), Countdown to Zero (2010, screened at 2011 ZagrebDox), Blindsight (2006), Devil's Playground (2002) and short films notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011, screened at 2013 ZagrebDox) and The Lion's Mouth Opens (2014, in this year's ZagrebDox program). Her films have also been nominated for seven Emmys, an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award and a Gotham Award and have won over eighty other film awards.

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The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

2011, 39', video

Directed by:
Lucy Walker

Aaron Phillips

Edited by:
Aki Mizutani


Kira Carstensen

Produced by:
Supply&Demand Integrated

Festivals & Awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2012 - The Jury Prize in Short Film, Non-Fiction; Environmental Film Festival 2012 - Polly Krakora Award; Academy Award nomination 2012; Toronto International Film Festival 2011; BFI London Film Festival 2011; Hamptons Film Festival 2011