Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman
Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short stories, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman weaves together the lives of three people in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Kyoko leaves her confused husband after spending five days glued to news reports of the earthquake on television, while he leaves work to travel across the country searching for a lost cat. Meanwhile, his awkward middle-aged colleague, Katagiri, is visited by a giant talking frog asking for help to combat an imminent disaster.
Composer-turned-filmmaker Pierre FÖLDES employs eclectic animation techniques to capture the human expression and body language, bringing to life a uniquely textured experience. His strangely captivating animation debut tells the tale of self-examination through a combination of fantasy and dreamy, yet sometimes nightmarish, imagery that dissolves the boundaries between memory and illusion, fiction and reality, dreams and waking life.
Cast:Ryan BOMMARITO, Shoshana WILDER, Marcelo ARROYO, Scott HUMPHREY, Arthur HOLDEN
Country:France, Canada, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Awards:Jury Distinction, Annecy International Animation Film Festival; Prix de la Meilleure Musique Originale, Les Arcs Film Festival
Pierre FÖLDES is a composer, painter, and filmmaker. He grew up in Paris, where he studied piano and composition. He began his career as a composer for film and advertisements in New York before moving to Europe.