Naomi Kawase (Japan)

Naomi Kawase (born 1969 in Nara, Japan) is a Japanese film director. She was also known as Naomi Sento with her then-husband's surname. Many of her works have been documentaries, including Embracing/ Ni tsutsumarete, about her search for the father who abandoned her as a child, and Katatsumori, about the grandmother who raised her. After graduating from the Osaka School of Photography (then the School of Visual Arts) in 1989, she spent an additional four years there as a lecturer before releasing Embracing. She became the youngest winner of la Caméra d'Or award (the award for the best new director) at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for her first 35mm film Moe no Suzaku. She novelized her films Moe no Suzaku and Firefly. She won the Grand Prix of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for her fourth full-length film The Mourning Forest/ Mogari no Mori.

Filmography

  • Ni tsutsumarete / Embracing
    1992
  • Katatsumori
    1994
  • Ten, mitake / See Heaven
    1995
  • Hotaru / Firefly
    2000
  • Kya ka ra ba a / Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth
    2001
  • Tsuioku no dansu / Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom
    2003
  • Sharasojyu / Shara
    2003
  • Tarachime / Naissance et maternité
    2006
  • Mogari no mori / The Mourning Forest
    2007
  • Nanayomachi
    2008
  • In Between Days
    2009
  • Koma
    2009
  • Genpin
    2010
  • Hanezu
    2011
  • 3.11 Sense of Home
    2011
  • 60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero
    2011
  • Chiri
    2012
  • Futatsume no mado
    2014
  • An
    2015
  • Seed
    2016
  • Hikari
    2017

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