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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #21. Comes Morning – Naomi Kawase

Asa ga Kuru / Comes Morning

A director whose international prestige has been orchestrated primarily through her repeated appearances at the Cannes film festival (where she more often than not competes), Japan’s Naomi Kawase is already at work on her latest project, Comes Morning. Kawase won the Golden Camera at Cannes for her 1997 debut Suzaku, then competing in 2003 with Shara, 2007 with The Mourning Forest (winner of the Grand Jury Prize), 2011 with Hanezu, 2014 with Still the Water, and 2017 with Radiance (winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize). Her 2015 title An notably opened Un Certain Regard.…
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Mubi Charts the Rise of Japan’s Modern Masters

From compelling and thoughtful documentaries to classic yakuza thrillers, the best of Japanese filmmaking dominates Mubi’s March program

New York, NY ­— February 14, 2019 ­— Leading curated streaming platform Mubi announced today its March release slate of films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. Next month, Mubi offers a selection of the best works from the latest luminaries in Japan’s long and rich history of filmmaking – from a retrospective of Kazuhiro Soda’s rich and engaging documentaries to contrasting studies of love, life and death with two moving Cannes premieres: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Naomi Kawase’s Still the Water.

Additional highlights include Mubi’s ongoing examination of what makes an auteur, with film pairings from Christian Petzold, Abel Ferrara, Catherine Breillat and Carlos Reygadas, plus a look at Hollywood’s flirtations with communism during its golden age, and
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Film Review: Complicity (2018) by Kei Chikaura

The Japanese film producer / writer / director Kei Chakaura tackles the topics of immigration, integration, sense of family and food in his feature debut “Complicity”. The film premiered last year in the Discovery competition of Toronto, was shown in Busan and won the audience award at Tokyo FILMeX before its European premiere at the Culinary Cinema sidebar of this year’s Berlinale.

Immigrating to Japan sounds like a better idea than it actually is. The economy is basically stagnating for a very long period of time and the immigration and integration policies are quite strict. Most of the people from the neighbouring countries interested in living and working there stand no chance to obtain a visa so, if they want to, they have to explore some illegal options like using a fake identity.

Complicity is screening at Berlin Film Festival

One of those people is a Chinese citizen Cheng-liang (Lu Yulai
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Naomi Kawase to Direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Film

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Naomi Kawase to Direct 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games Film
Japanese auteur, Naomi Kawase has been selected to direct the official film of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She won the contest with a proposal that demonstrated a “nuanced understanding of Japanese culture and Olympic values.”

Kawase is a regular at the Cannes film festival. Her works include “Sweet Bean,” “Suzaku,” and “Still The Water.”

The director of the official film must bring a unique editorial angle, and aim to capture the soul of a specific edition of the Olympics, while also considering the broader social and cultural context, the International Olympic Committee said. Kawase’s bid was chosen by Japanese film experts, international film experts, and the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage which advised the committee.

Previous directors of the official film include Milos Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, and Carlos Saura. She is the fifth woman to direct the official film, following Caroline Rowland (London 2012), Gu Jun
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Naomi Kawase to direct Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games official film

Naomi Kawase to direct Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games official film
Kawase will be the fifth woman to direct an official Olympic film.

Japanese director Naomi Kawase will direct the official film of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, on behalf of the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage.

Kawase was selected following consultation with the Foundation, the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, and Japanese and international film experts.

Her career began with documentary and short films, before she became the youngest director at the age of 27 to receive the Camera d’Or at Cannes for her debut feature Suzaku in 1997.

Subsequent Kawase titles to have appeared at Cannes include fourth feature The Mourning Forest,
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Japan’s Naomi Kawase Game To Direct Official Tokyo 2020 Olympics Film

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Japan’s Naomi Kawase Game To Direct Official Tokyo 2020 Olympics Film
Award-winning Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase has been appointed to helm the official film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The selection was made by the International Olympic Committee in collaboration with the Organizing Committee of the Games who review proposals from the host nation’s top filmmaking talent. Kawase was chosen after close consultation among Tokyo 2020, Japanese film experts, international film experts and the Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage who guides the production on behalf of the Ioc.

Kawase, who is a regular at the Cannes Film Festival, is the fifth woman to direct an Official Film, following the works of Caroline Rowland (London 2012), Gu Jun (Beijing 2008), Mai Zetterling (for one of the segments of the film Munich 1972) and Leni Riefenstahl (Berlin 1936).

She will also build on a legacy of more than 100 years of Olympic Film, including documentaries created for past Olympic Games that were held in Japan: Tokyo 1964 (Kon Ichikawa
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Naomi Kawase cancels San Sebastian visit

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Naomi Kawase cancels San Sebastian visit
Japanese director was due to present Still the Water.

Director Naomi Kawase has cancelled her visit to the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

The Japanese filmmaker was due to present her latest film Still the Water (Futatsume no mado) but has called off the visit due to strikes at Air France, meaning she would not have made it to the festival on time.

Issuing an apology to the audience and festival organisers, Kawasi said she regretted not be able to attend “one of her favourite festivals in the world”.

Still the Water debuted in Competition at Cannes and is a coming-of-age tale as well as a mystery set on the subtropical Japanese island of Amami .
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Complete lineup of Mumbai Film Festival 2014

Complete lineup of Mumbai Film Festival 2014
The 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival announced its line-up in a press conference today.

Here is the complete list of films which will be screened at the festival:-

International Competition


Dir.: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia / 2014 / Col / 99)

History of Fear (Historia del miedo)

Dir.: Benjamin Naishtat (Argentina-France-Germany-Qatar-Uruguay / 2014 / Col / 79)

With Others (Ba Digaran)

Dir.: Nasser Zamiri (Iran / 2014 / Col / 85)

The Tree (Drevo)

Dir.: Sonja Prosenc (Slovenia / 2014 / Col / 90)

Next to Her (At li layla)

Dir.: Asaf Korman (Israel / 2014 / Col / 90)


Dir.: Alex Sampayo (Spain / 2014 / Col / 87)


Dir.: Raphaël Neal (France / 2014 / Col / 81)


Dir.: Chaitanya Tamhane (India (Marathi-Gujarati-English-Hindi) / 2014 / Col / 116)


Dir.: Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria / 2014 / Col / 98)

India Gold Competition 2014

The Fort (Killa)

Dir.: Avinash Arun (India (Marathi) / 2014 / Col / 107)

Unto the Dusk

Dir.: Sajin Baabu (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 118)

Names Unknown (Perariyathavar)

Dir.: Dr. Biju (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 110)

Buddha In a Traffic Jam

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2014 Tiff: Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Holdridge & Saasen, Baran bo Odar Offer World Views in Cwc

If you wanted a snapshot of worldly issues then Tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema programme would certainly serve as a whirlwind passport. Loaded in Cannes Film Festival preemed items receiving their North American Premiere debuts (Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Mélanie Laurent’s Breathe , Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin and Pascale Ferran’s Bird People are are just the tip of the iceberg) Tiff programmers have landed world premiere items from the likes of Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen (we pic above) and Baran bo Odar. Along with the Canadian items mentioned last week, Here is the largest section’s offerings for 2014.

Aire Libre,” Anahí Berneri, Argentina / International Premiere

Amour Fou,” Jessica Hausner, Austria/Luxembourg/Germany / North American Premiere

“Behavior” (“Conducta”), Ernesto Daranas, Cuba / Canadian Premiere

Bird People,” Pascale Ferran, France / North American Premiere

“Black Souls” (“Anime Nere”), Francesco Munzi, Italy / International Premiere

“Breathe” (“Respire”), Mélanie Laurent,
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Tiff 2014: Sandler, Schwarzenegger, Liotta, Travolta and More Added to Toronto Lineup

This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year,
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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City

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Toronto unveils Cwc, City To City
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (Cwc) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.

Cwc features latest work by Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Christian Zübert and Ryuichi Hiroki, among others.

For the third year, Tiff (Sept 4-14) has partnered with the University of Toronto’s Munk School Of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series, pairing five films in selection with expert scholars.

The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the Tiff Adult Learning department.

Contemporary World Cinema

Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.

Aire Libre (Argentina), Anahí Berneri IP

Amour Fou (Austria-Luxembourg-Germany), Jessica Hausner Nap

Behavior (Conducta) (Cuba), Ernesto Daranas Cp

Bird People (France), Pascale Ferran Nap

Black Souls (Anime Nere) (Italy), Francesco Munzi IP

Breathe (Respire) (France), Mélanie Laurent Nap

Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer Nap

*John Stackhouse
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Competition Films: Jean-Luc Godard Returns To Cannes, Tommy Lee Jones Directs

Among the 18 feature films competing for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Luc Godard is presenting his 19th film at the Cannes Film Festival, Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language).

Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language): Godard’s first film to compete at Cannes was Cleo de 5 a 7, which premiered at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, 18 of his films have been screened at the festival, though not all in competition. Goodbye to Language is Godard’s first film in competition in over 10 years.


Captive (The Captive): Atom Egoyan directs this Canadian thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos and Scott Speedman. This will be Egoyan’s fifth film in competition at the Cannes Film Festival; the writer/director won the Grand Jury Prize for The Sweet Hereafter in 1997.

Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night): Directors and brothers
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Cannes Film Festival 2014 lineup: Ryan Gosling to Tommy Lee Jones

Cannes Film Festival 2014 lineup: Ryan Gosling to Tommy Lee Jones
The full lineup of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has been announced.

Among the movies announced at today's press conference are directorial efforts from Ryan Gosling, Tommy Lee Jones, Olivier Assayas, Atom Egoyan, Jean-Luc Godard, Michel Hazanavicius, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders and the Dardenne brothers.

Read the full lineup below:

Main Competition:

Adieu au Langage (Farewell to Language) by Jean-Luc Godard

Captives by Atom Egoyan

Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night) by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller

Futatsume No Mado (Deux Fenêtres) by Naomi Kawase

The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones

Jimmy's Hall by Ken Loach

Kis Uykusu (Sommeil D'hiver) (Winter Sleep) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Le Meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher

Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg

Mommy by Xavier Dolan

Mr Turner by Mike Leigh

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) by Damian Szifron

Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello
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Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up

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Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up
The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled in Paris.

At a press conference at the Ugc Normandie movie theatre on the Champs-Elysées in Paris, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux is set to reveal the 49 features from 28 countries selected for inclusion in this year’s festival, which runs from May 14-25.

As previously announced, Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman, will be the opening film on May 14, out of competition.

Last week, Party Girl was named as the opening film of the Un Certain Regard strand. The debut feature is from co-directors Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.

As previously announced, the competition jury will be presided over by New Zealand director, producer and scriptwriter Jane Campion.


Jury chair: Jane Campion

Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas

Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello

Kis Uykusu (Winter’S Sleep) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg

Deux Jours
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