Radiance

Kawase Naomi

IFFR 2018

Signatures

  • 101'
  • Japan
  • 2017

In Japanese maestro Kawase Naomi’s elegant films (The Mourning Forest, 2007; An, 2015) simple people learn to accept an existential loss, finding comfort in the beauty of nature. This time, the protagonist is young Misako (Ayame Misaki), who is struggling with her mother’s progressive dementia. Her job is writing audio descriptions – film descriptions providing a visual impression to be read aloud, as a supplement to the film’s audio track, for blind and visually impaired cinema visitors.

The harshest criticaster in the expert panel that comments on her description of the film-within-the-film ‘Radiance’ is an almost blind, embittered photographer (Masatoshi Nagase). What is Misako really trying to describe? And what does this say about her world view? Both characters feel their way towards a sense of solidity and beauty in a transient world. Because, as someone comments in Radiance: "Nothing is more beautiful than what disappears before our eyes."

Director
Kawase Naomi
Countries of production
Japan, France
Production Year
2017
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
101'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Hikari
Language
Japanese
Producers
Yumiko Takebe, Masa Sawada / Comme des Cinémas, Naoya Kinoshita
Production Companies
Kino Films, Comme des Cinémas
Sales
MK2 films
Screenplay
Kawase Naomi
Cinematography
Dodo Arata
Editor
Tina Baz
Production Design
Shirakawa Setsuko
Sound Design
Roman Dymny, Boris Chapelle, Olivier Goinard
Cast
Nagase Masatoshi, Fuji Tatsuya, Kanno Misuzu, Misaki Ayame, Shirakawa Kazuko, Koichi Mantaro
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands