Building from an early start in nonfiction filmmaking, Naomi Kawase has developed a lyrical, quietly affecting body of work over the past three decades, exploring Japanese family structures and cultural values through a profoundly empathetic lens. Describing her narrative works as “fiction with a documentarian’s gaze,” Kawase steeps her films in the beauty and sensual pleasures of the natural world, finding deep spiritual and philosophical resonances. Featuring the moving slice-of-life drama SWEET BEAN and the streaming premiere of Kawase’s latest, the heartrending family portrait TRUE MOTHERS, this sampler of some of Kawase’s recent films offers an introduction to an artist of supreme sensitivity and emotional insight.
Directed by Naomi Kawase • 2020 • Japan
Starring Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita
After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko (Hiromi Nagasaku) and her husband (Arata Iura) decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son, As...