A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.
Mogari no mori (The Mourning Forest) is a captivating, poetic piece of film-making, sadly clouded somewhat in reputation by Japanese director Naomi Kawase‘s last two ventures to Cannes, Still the Water, and Sweet Bean, which were not at all well received. Setting amidst the occupation of care-giving, and the journey of grief, Mogari no mori brings two very different people together in the forest of the title – a young nurse, and an elderly patient – both dealing with horrid loss in different ways. The central companionship portrayed by wonderful performances (Machiko Ono and Shigeki Uda), is utterly compelling, with minimal dialogue, but plenty of gorgeous, natural scenery, and a tender heart at it’s core. Kawase has been invited back to the Cannes Film Festival time and time again over the last 20 years, with Mogari no mori awarded the Grand Prix of the Jury in 2007. No Palme d’Or to show for her extensive travel expenses, though she does return this year with Hikari.