21st Festival Films


© Mathias Bothor - Majestic
© Mathias Bothor - Majestic

Sun. Feb. 5, 2017 8:30 PM
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
San Francisco Premiere - Castro Closing Night Film
In Person: Moshe Cohen
109 mins. German (Filmed in Japan) (2016). DCP Projection. English, German & Japanese w/ English subtitles.
Director: Doris Dörrie
Starring: Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Moshe Cohen, Nami Kamata
Screenplay: Doris Dörrie
Cinematography: Hanno Lentz
Editor: Frank Müller
Producers: Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg
World Sales: The Match Factory, Cologne

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Winner of three awards, including the Audience Award Runner-up at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
Young German woman Marie escapes to Fukushima to change her life. Working with the organization Clowns4Help, she hopes to bring joy to 2011 disaster survivors, some still living in emergency shelters. Marie soon realizes that she is absolutely unsuited to the task of making tragedy less wearisome. Instead of running away, Marie decides to stay with cantankerous old Satomi, the last geisha of Fukushima, who of her own accord has decided to retreat back to her ruined house in the formerly radioactive Exclusion Zone. Two women who couldn't be more different, but who – each in her own way – are trapped in the past and must learn to liberate themselves from guilt and the burden of memory. A universal and poetic tale about life and letting go from acclaimed writer-director Doris Dörrie (Cherry Blossoms - Berlin & Beyond Opening Night 2009, Enlightenment Guaranteed, Men). For the first time, one of her feature films has been shot entirely in Japan and in breathtaking black and white.

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