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still Shara (Naomi Kawase, JP 2003)


Naomi Kawase / JP, 2003 / 100 min.

A family of four live in the old centre of Nara. One day during the Jizo festival, in the stultifying midsummer heat, one of the twin brothers suddenly disappears, as if he’s gone up in smoke. Poetic, subtle, mysterious drama about mourning.

poster Shara (Naomi Kawase, JP 2003)
To accompany the VR experience Missing Pictures, in which Naomi Kawase talks about the never-made romantic comedy Oh Debu, Eye is screening her film Shara. Twin brothers Shun and Kei are playing together when Kei mysteriously disappears. Five years later, and still haunted by what happened, Shun paints a portrait of his lost brother. While his relationship with his girlfriend Yu deepens, the winding streets of Nara – where Naomi Kawase was born – become a psychological web in which Shun’s past and future merge. The film’s climax is unforgettable: a seven-minute scene with a rousing traditional dance in the pouring rain during the Jizo summer festival in Nara. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.

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Missing Pictures

For every film completed, dozens of potential films fall by the wayside and never make it onto the big screen. In the VR experience Missing Pictures, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, and Lee Myung-Se give us a guided tour of a story they were not able to tell.

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still Shara (Naomi Kawase, JP 2003)
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