World Cinema Amsterdam | Internationaal filmfestival | 18 – 27 Augustus 2016

Still the Water



Coming-of-age tale by Naomi Kawase, which attempts to answer questions concerning love, life and death philosophically. In doing so, Kawase draws from Japan's many folkloric traditions and words of wisdom, which she presents with beautiful poetic nature images. Kawase, who also made The Mourning Forest, wrote the script herself.

On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, traditional dances are performed during the August full-moon night. That same night, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body with a dragon tattooed on his back floating in the sea. Kaito wasn't very fond of the sea to begin with and his fear of water now only increases. Kyoko, a friend from school, loves swimming and cannot relate to this. However, it doesn't prevent them from becoming closer and eventually falling in love. Besides, they can also do with some mutual support: Kyoko's shaman mother is terminally ill and Kaito's single mom is never around and seems to be interested in other men, only. Kaito goes to Tokyo to visit his father, tattoo artist Atsushi. Meanwhile, on the island preparations are made for the ritual to celebrate Isa's last hours.

Venue: Rialto
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Venue: De Balie
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