The Mourning Forest

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    The Mourning Forest

    Mogari no Mori

    Directed by

    Japan, France

    2007

    97 min

    • Japanese

    Drama

    In a village among mountains, western Nara prefecture in Japan. Shigeki lives peacefully at a retirement home with fond memories of his late wife. Machiko, newly-appointed caretaker to the home, also lost her child in an accident and lives her life with the sense of loss and sadness. Shigeki and Machiko, getting over the two opposite positions, care-receiver and care-taker, gradually come to understand each other as two persons in the same situation that live in mourning their beloved ones' death. One day, they go visit the grave of Shigeki's wife in a forest. In the forest, filled with the primordial energy, they encounter...

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Uda Shigeki
    Ono Machiko
    Watanabe Makiko
    Saito Yoichiro
    Masuda Kanako
    Screenplay
    Naomi Kawase
    Cinematography
    Nakano Hideyo
    Editing
    Oshige Yuji
    Music
    Shigeno Masamichi
    Sales
    CELLULOID DREAMS
    Production
    KUMIE INC.

    Press

    ...a film of great emotional impact, with a vision of the interdependence of man and nature.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    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