Fukushima, Mon Amour (Grüße aus Fukushima)


Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 14, 2016 6:30 PM
Century Larkspur 2 Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: Kinowerks
Mind the Gap
Running Time:104 min.
Director:Doris Dörrie
Producer:Harry Kügler
Molly von Fürstenberg
Screenwriter:Doris Dörrie
Cinematographer:Hanno Lentz
Editor:Frank Müller
Cast:Rosalie Thomass
Kaori Momoi
Print Source:The Match Factory
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


FOCUS: KINOWERKS Two strangers—one European, one Japanese—forge an unlikely bond in the shadow of a city’s brutal devastation. If this premise sounds familiar, it should. For in Doris Dörrie’s (Enlightenment Guaranteed, MVFF 2001) powerful new film, she intentionally evokes Alain Resnais’ masterpiece Hiroshima, Mon Amour, but layers on her own unique vision. In this case, the city is Fukushima, still suffering from the destruction of the 2011 tsunami and nuclear reactor disaster. The two women—one an aging geisha, the other an aimless German—try to build a life in “The Zone,” now a wasteland still beset by lingering radiation and abandoned buildings. Can they overcome their cultural and generational divides, as well as the ghosts of the past that still haunt each of them? Or will they succumb to their tragic memories? Shot in gorgeous black and white, the answers are always in vivid shades of gray.

Additional Information

Doris Dörrie is a prolific German film director, producer and author, known for Cherry Blossoms (2008),Naked (2002) and Nobody Loves Me (1994). In addition to her film career, Dörrie has published several novels, short story collections and children's books, and also staged and directed a number of operas. Her stories tell of the ups and downs of life, of the vagaries of love and of growing older and old whilst always maintaining an authentic view of reality and expressing enormous sympathy. Fukushima Mon Amour is her latest film.