Naomi Kawase Retrospective at MoMA 〈6/25-7/14〉
Director Kawase is on NHK WORLD program now
The Audience Award of the festival "Spring of Films"
Naomi Kawase, President of The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury
MIU MIU short film Exhibition
Official announcement of miu miu's short movie
The latest film "AN" become huge hit in Japan and around the world.
Still the Water received two awards at RiverRun International Film Festival (US, NC)!
'AN' To Open Un Certain Reagrd, Festival de Cannes 2015
Still the Water received the RWE Film Award!

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Filmmaker based in Nara, Japan

Born and raised in Nara, KAWASE graduated from Visual Arts Osaka in 1989. Her films, ‘Embracing’ and ‘KATATSUMORI’ received international recognitions and awards at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 1995. With her first feature, SUZAKU (1997), she became the youngest filmmaker to receive the Camera d’Or at the Festival de Cannes with her. At the Fesitival de Cannes, she has also won the Grand Prix with The Mourning Forest /MOGARI (2007), the Carrosse d'Or in 2009, and also served as one of the jurors for the competition in 2013. In 2015, KAWASE was bestowed with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture.

Aside from being a filmmaker, she is the founder and Executive Director for the Nara International Film Festival.
Her latest feature film, AN, with two of the most renowned actors in Japan, Kirin KIKI (Like Father, Like Son) and Masatoshi NAGASE (Mystery Train), will be released at theaters in Japan on May 30, 2015.


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  • AN (2015)(Fiction Feature)AN (2015)
  • Still the Water (2014)(Fiction Feature)Still the Water (2014)
  • HANEZU (2011)(Fiction Feature)HANEZU (2011)
  • MOGARI-The Mourning Forest (2007)(Fiction Feature)MOGARI-The Mourning Forest (2007)
  • SHARA (2003)(Fiction Feature)SHARA (2003)
  • HOTARU / Firefly (2000)(Fiction Feature)HOTARU / Firefly (2000)
  • SUZAKU (1997)(Fiction Feature)SUZAKU (1997)
  • CHIRI / Trace (2012)(Documentary)CHIRI / Trace (2012)
  • GENPIN (2010)(Documentary)GENPIN (2010)
  • TARACHIME (Birth/Mother) (2006)(Documentary)TARACHIME (Birth/Mother) (2006)
  • KAGE-Shadow (2004)(Documentary)KAGE-Shadow (2004)
  • Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom (2002)(Documentary)Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom (2002)
  • The Weald (1997)(Documentary)The Weald (1997)
  • Mangekyo-Kaleidoscope (1999)(Documentary)Mangekyo-Kaleidoscope (1999)
  • Kya Ka Ra BaA (Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth) (2001)(Documentary)Kya Ka Ra BaA (Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth) (2001)
  • This World (1996)(Documentary)This World (1996)
  • Sun on the Horizon (1996)(Documentary)Sun on the Horizon (1996)
  • See the Heaven (1995)(Documentary)See the Heaven (1995)
  • KATATSUMORI (1994)(Documentary)KATATSUMORI (1994)
  • Embracing (1992)(Documentary)Embracing (1992)
  • KOMA (2009)(Fiction, Medium-Length)KOMA (2009)
  • A Field of Wasabi (2012)(Short)A Field of Wasabi (2012)
  • WASURE NAGUSA (2011)(Short)WASURE NAGUSA (2011)
  • HOME (2011)(Short)HOME (2011)
  • INORI (2012)(Docufiction)INORI (2012)