Sweet Bean

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    Sweet Bean

    An

    Directed by

    • Naomi Kawase

    Japan, France, Germany

    2015

    113 min

    • Japanese

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain Regard

    Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis - pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making “an”. Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes… And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

    Awards

    • Best Film, Best Actress (Kirin Kiki) - Valletta FF
    • Best Director - Seminci
    • Lifetime Achievement award (Kirin Kiki) - Asian Film Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kirin Kiki
    Masatoshi Nagase
    Kyara Uchida
    Screenplay
    Naomi Kawase
    Cinematography
    Shigeki Akiyama
    Editing
    Tina Baz
    Sales
    MK2 FILMS
    Production
    COMME DES CINEMAS
    Production
    TWENTY TWENTY VISION FILMPRODUKTION
    Production
    NAGOYA TV

    Press

    Naomi Kawase's ode to the simple joys in life (...) A delicate drama

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Naomi Kawase's gentle study of life, loss and confectionery is easily the Japanese auteur's most accessible work to date (...) Kirin Kiki is particularly excellent here.

    Variety

    A gentle purity that gives the film all its force and beauty

    Libération

    The actors inhabit the roles with unmistakable conviction and the intelligence about An is genuinely fascinating

    The Irish Times

    Kawase sketches with great elegance and restraint the portrait of two lonely wounded souls

    Le Figaro

    Heartwarming performance of veteran actress Kirin Kiki

    Screen

    Kirin Kiki is particularly excellent here

    IndieWire

    Profoundly touching and masterfully told

    The Upcoming

    A recipe for grace

    Telerama

    Naomi Kawase

    Naomi Kawase

    Japan

    With her first feature, SUZAKU(1997), KAWASE Naomi became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Since then, KAWASE has had three other films in competition at Cannes, including SHARA (2003), MOGARI- THE MOURNING FOREST(2007), and HANEZU(2011), which won the Grand Prix Award in 2007. In 2009, she became the first woman and Asian filmmaker to receive the Carrosse d’Or, for directors who have made significant contributions to the Cannes Film Festival. KAWASE’s films have also screened at many other international film festivals, including Locarno and San Sebastian. Her 2017 film RADIANCE was selected in competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography