Japan's Kawase sets sights on new Cannes award

30th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

NARITA, Japan, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - Japanese film director Naomi Kawase set her sights Wednesday on winning a Palme d'Or at Cannes after taking home her second award at the French festival.

NARITA, Japan, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - Japanese film director Naomi Kawase set her sights Wednesday on winning a Palme d'Or at Cannes after taking home her second award at the French festival.

Kawase received the runner-up prize of Grand Prix for her melancholy work "The Mourning Forest," which features the deep forests of her home around the ancient western city of Nara.

"The fact that I produced the film by putting myself in Nara where I grew up, I think, led to this award. So I am truly grateful," Kawase told as she returned home on her 38th birthday.

"People there (at Cannes) told me of their hopes for me to do better and take the next step and aim for the Palme d'Or. It has been very encouraging for me to make the next work," Kawase told waiting reporters at Tokyo's Narita airport.

"The Mourning Forest" tells of life's trials of overcoming sorrow and death, featuring a demented, elderly man and his female caretaker.

Both lost loved ones -- one a wife, the other, a son. They wander into a forest where they get lost for two days but come to terms with their loss and rediscover the desire to live.

Ten years ago, Kawase won the Camera d'Or at Cannes for best first film for "The God Suzaku," a family tragedy set in a remote timber village.

She said she would start filming her next work from July.

The last Japanese to win the Grand Prix was Kohei Oguri 17 years ago with "Sting of Death."

However, several other Japanese directors, including the legendary Akira Kurosawa, have also won the more prestigious Palme d'Or.

Most recently, Shohei Imamura took home his second Palme d'Or in 1997 for "The Eel," about a man imprisoned for murdering his wife who then meets another woman as he tries to start a new quiet life.


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