Misako is a passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired.
At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.
Misako soon discovers Nakamori's photographs, who will strangely bring her back to her past.
Together, they will learn to see the radiant world that was invisible to her eyes.
Director: Naomi Kawase
Born in Nara, Japan, Naomi Kawase graduated from the Visual Arts College Osaka in 1989. Embracing (1992) and Katatsumori (1994) received international awards at the 1995 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival. In 1997, she became the youngest winner of the Camera d'or, for her first feature Suzaku, presented at the Directors' Fortnight. In 2000, Hotaru won both the FIPRESCI and the CICAE Prizes at Locarno. Then followed a whole series of feature films selected at the Festival de Cannes in Competition: Shara (2003), The Mourning Forest (Grand Prix 2007), Hanezu (2011) and Still the Water (2014). Sweet Red Bean Paste was selected to be the 2015 Un Certain Regard opening film. Naomi Kawase is also highly recognized for her accomplishments in documentary filmmaking. She received the Carrosse d'or from the Directors' Fortnight (2009) and was made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture (2015). She was a member of the Jury headed by Steven Spielberg at the 66th Festival de Cannes. In 2010, she founded the International Nara Film Festival, dedicated to promoting the work of young directors