Naomi Kawase: the Eternal and the Transitory

Naomi Kawase is one of the most renown female Japanese director, awarded by the Cannes Film Festival more than once. She works alternately in fiction and documentary film, not drawing a distinct line between the two. Her favored themes are birth and death, the union of man and nature; the most distinctive feature of her style is technical minimalism. The region of Nara, Kawase’s home - is almost always the location for her films.

Terakopyan Maria L

PhD in Art, leading researcher, Institute of Film Art


Author for correspondence.


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  2. Daly, Fergus. Immanece and Transcendence in the Cinema of Nature // Senses of Cinema. 2000. December// URL.:
  3. Karatsu, R. Questions for a Women s Cinema: Fact, Fiction and Memory in the Films of Naomi Kawase // Visual Anthropology. 2009. - March-June, Vol. 22, n. 2-3. - P. 167-181.

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