The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori)

2007 Japan-France/97min/color

Executive Producer: Hengameh Panahi / Supervising Sound Editor: David Vranken / France Editor: Tina Baz

The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori)

High-profile, the grand-prix-winning film at the Cannes International Film Festival 2007.
Kawase Naomi, the grand-prix winner at the Cannes the first time in seventeen years as a Japanese director, as well as the first female director winning this award.
Kawase's great challenging work!

In a village among mountains, western Nara prefecture in Japan. Shigeki lives peacefully at a retirement home with fond memories of his late wife. Machiko, newly-appointed caretaker to the home, also lost her child in an accident and lives her life with the sense of loss and sadness. Shigeki and Machiko, getting over the two opposite positions, care-receiver and care-taker, gradually come to understand each other as two persons in the same situation that live in mourning their beloved ones' death.
One day, they go visit the grave of Shigeki's wife in a forest. In the forest, filled with the primordial energy, they encounter...

cast

Uda Shigeki / Ono Machiko / Watanabe Makiko / Saito Yoichiro / Masuda Kanako

staff

Director & Screenplay & Producer: Kawase Naomi / Photography: Nakano Hideyo / Music: Shigeno Masamichi / Editor: Oshige Yuji

award⁄invitation

Grand-prix, Cannes International Film Festival 2007
NETPAC Award, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2007
Best Cinematographer (Nakano Hideyo), Mainichi Film Awards 62nd (2007)
Best Director, Takasaki Film Festival 22nd (2007 - 2008)
Time for Peace Film Award 2007 - 2008

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