A young woman returns to her birthplace for an ex-classmate's funeral. She and a friend lose themselves in melancholy. The director is Malaysian which may explain the attention paid to the Japanese aspects of the place and the atmosphere. Nonetheless, it is a film with a universal message about loss.
A 'Programmer Note' written by IFFR programmer Gertjan Zuilhof about Sugino Kiki, producer of and actrice in Exhalation, can be found at the film page of Hospitalité on this website.

Original title
Sakerareru koto
Filmmaker
Edmund Yeo
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Japan, Malaysia
Year
2010
Medium
HDcam
Length
22’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Itagaki Maiko, Kiki Sugino
Production Company
Kohei Ando Laboratory, Wa Entertainment Inc.
Sales
Edmund Yeo
Writer
Edmund Yeo
Editor
Edmund Yeo
Website
http://www.swiftywriting.blogspot.com