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Naomi Kawase is a director residing in Nara, where she was born and raised. In 2013, Kawase became the first Japanese director to become a member of the Cannes festival jury, where she gained international recognition through the selection of her films Mogari, Hanezu, Still the water and her latest film, Vers la lumière. In addition to her film career, Kawase is the founder of the Nara International Film Festival whose first edition took place in 2010. Vision, her latest feature film is currently in post-production starring Juliette Binoche and Masatoshi Nagase.


Feature films
2017 Radiance (Hiraki) - Official selection Cannes Festival
2016 An - Festival de Cannes, Un certain regard Cannes Festival  (Opening screen)
2014 Still the water - Official selection Cannes Festival
2011 Hanezu – Official selection Cannes Festival
2007 Mogari, The mourning forest - Official selection Cannes Festival, Grand Prix
2003 Shara - Official selection Cannes Festival
2000 Firefly - Locarno Film Festival, FPREPSCI
1997 Suzaku - Cannes Festival,Caméra d’Or

Short films
A field of Wasabi
2012 Inori
2011 Wasure Nagusa
2011 Home
2009 Koma

 Trace (Chiri)
2010 Genpin
2006 Birth/Mother (Tarachimé)
2004 Shadow
2002 Letter from a Yellow Cheyry Blossom
2001 Kya Ka Ra BaA (Sky, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth)
1999 Mangekyo
1997 The Weald
1996 This World
1996 Sun on the Horizon
1995 See the Heaven
1994 Katatsumori
1992 Embracing