Rafael 2 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 8:30 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 9:15 PM
Film Info
Category:New Additions
Running Time:109 min.
Premiere Status:US
Director:Naomi Kawase
Producer:Satoshi Miyazaki
Marianne Slot
Naomi Kawase
Screenwriter:Naomi Kawase
Cinematographer:Arata Dodo
Editor:Yoichi Shibuya
François Gédigier
Cast:Juliette Binoche
Masatoshi Nagase
Print Source:Elle Driver
Note Writer:Janis Plotkin


In the latest work from Naomi Kawase (The Mourning Forest), French journalist Jeanne (an ever-radiant Juliette Binoche, who can also be seen in Non-Fiction at the Festival this year) travels to Japan in search of ‘Vision,’ a rare healing herb that appears once every 1000 years. Arriving in the magical Yoshino Mountains she encounters Aki, a wise woman who prophesies the greatly anticipated time of this mysterious arrival. Tomo the forest keeper (frequent Kawase collaborator Masatoshi Nagase, Radiance, MVFF 2017) takes Jeanne in and intuitively feels the subtle changes occurring in the cloud-shrouded woodland. New connections are forged while past events are evoked. With the spores of ‘Vision’ soon to be released, time itself slips from logical order, and nature presides over the sun-dappled trees swaying in the cacophonous wind. Laced with spectacular cinematography, Kawase commendably translates spiritual inquiry into exquisite cinema. The spirit of wonder and awe, uttered in whispered tones, is anchored by the film’s beautiful premise: “The time is now for the triumph of happiness that lies in each of our hearts.”

Additional Information

Naomi Kawase became the youngest winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Caméra d’Or with her first feature, Suzaku (1997). In 2007, she returned to Cannes with The Mourning Forest, which won the Jury Grand Prix. Her documentary, Genpin (2010) competed in the Official Selection at the San Sebastián Festival, winning the FIPRESCI prize. She opened the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes with Sweet Bean and has competed in Cannes’ official competition with Hanezu (2011), Still the Water (2014), and Radiance (2017), winner of the Ecumenical Jury Award. In addition to being a novelist, Kawase has served on the jury at Cannes on more than one occasion. Her latest work, Vision (2018) starring Juliette Binoche, premiered at the San Sebastián Film Festival.