Fukushima, mon Amour (Grüße aus Fukushima)
With an introduction by Tamaki Tsukada, Minister of Communications and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of Japan
Germany, 2016, 108 min., Director/Screenplay: Doris Dörrie, With: Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Moshe Cohen, World Sales: The Match Factory
- Best Actress: Rosalie Thomass (Bavarian Film Prize 2016)
- Panorama Audience Prize 2016
Young German Marie travels to Japan to escape her broken dreams. She joins the organization Clowns4Help, which seeks to spread a little cheer among the victims of the triple catastrophe in Fukushima in 2011 who are still living in makeshift conditions. Most of the inhabitants are elderly people who were either not able or simply did not want to move away. But Marie soon realizes that she is not cut out for this task. She is about to give up when she meets the headstrong Satomi, Fukushima’s last geisha, whom she helps with returning to her home. The young girl and the older woman could not be more different, but they gradually get to know one another as they find themselves confronted by the ghosts of their respective pasts.