118 min., col., language — Japanese
Director and scriptwriter Naomi Kawase
DoP Shigeki Akiyama
Production design Kyoko Heya
Music David Hadjadj
Sound Eiji Mori
Editing Tina Baz
Cast Kirin Kiki, Masastoshi Nagase, Kyata Uchida, Myoko Asada, Etsuko Ichihara
Producers Masa Sawada, Koichiro Fukushima, Yoshito Oyama
Production Comme Des Cinemas
World sales MK2
Based on same-named novel by Durian Sukegawa.
Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis — pastries filled with sweet red bean paste («an»). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making «an». Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes... And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.
Director, scriptwriter, producer. Born in Nara, Japan, She made her first feature «Suzaku» in 1997 and became the youngest winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes IFF. Participated in Cannes main competition in 2003 with «Sharasôju». Four years later she came back with «The Mourning Forest» and received the Grand Prix. She also received the Carrosse d’Or from the Directors’ Fortnight in 2009. Participated in Cannes completion again in 2014 with «Still the Water». She is prize winner of Rotterdam, Locarno, San Sebastian IFF. In 2012 her retrospective was held at la Cinémathèque Française. She is also the founder and the project producer of the Nara IFF.