*Memory of the Wind *. 1995. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 30 min.
Kawase observes people in the city of Shibuya with curiosity and openness, drawing parallels between life and filmmaking and discovering her abilities as a filmmaker She exchanges small gifts to connect with the people she meets and to express her deepest experiences.
*SEED *. 2016. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. With Sakura Ando. In Japanese; English subtitles. 9 min.
Part of the Miu Miu Women’s Tales project. Kawase draws on aspects of her earlier film, Memory of the Wind, in this short about a mysterious young girl carries a seed and special “spirit” from the enchanted forests of Nara to urban Tokyo.
This World (Winter). 1996. Japan. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 60 min.
The film takes shape through the form of a video exchange between Hirokazu Kore-eda and Naomi Kawase. Each films the world around them and intimately reflects on their individual struggles with making films. Kore-eda self-consciously reflects on his process, “What does a camera shoot? What does a film capture? The emptiness in my life reflects in my work.” Kawase concentrates on her everyday life and candid moments with her friends, who say, “Hang in there Naomi we are all on your side,” and, “You never keep the promises you make, but I love you anyway.”