Naomi Kawase / 73’ / 1997 / Japan

Direction: Naomi Kawase
Country: Japan
Year: 1997

Kawase moves her camera to a rural town located in the Yoshino mountains, in Nara prefecture, where she documents the life of six elderly villagers. Their stories are the shutter release, marked by the passing of time, old age, solitude and the painful longing for those who are no longer with us.

NAOMI KAWASE Born and raised in Nara, Naomi Kawase continues to make her films there today. Her pursuit to capture “reality” through film beyond simplistic documentary-fiction dichotomies has received worldwide acclaim, including at the Cannes Film Festival. She is also a director of commercials, radio program DJ, essayist, and pursuer of various expressive activities including calligraphy and installations. Recently, she has become fascinated by the world of Ryukyuan dance and has been working on conveying its unique expression of time and space through visual expressions and stage sets. While continuing to expand her activities across the globe, she remains deeply rooted in her hometown. As executive director of the Nara International Film Festival, which she launched in 2010, she focuses on nurturing the next generation of visionaries and has produced nine films in this pursuit. She is the official Film Director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a Thematic Producer for the 2025 Osaka-Kansai World Expo. She serves as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and was awarded the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. In her private life, she is a mother of one who enjoys cultivating rice and tending to her garden.

Muestras, Naomi Kawase