Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Fribourg 2021

With great sensitivity, Naomi Kawase tells us the story of family dramas, especially the difficulties associated with adoption. The film, set in a modern Japan that is nevertheless strongly influenced by traditional values, questions the model of classic family and gives a glimpse of a possible other model of “parenthood”. This work is distinguished by a luminous visual language that creates a harmony between the characters and the landscapes.