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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2023)

Opens on May 5

Director: Pierre Földes Run Time: 108 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2023

Starring: Jesse Noah Gruman, John Vamvas, Katharine King, Shoshana Wilder, Zag Dorison

Country: France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands
Language: French, English

About the film:

Jury Special Mention, 2022 Annecy Animation Film Festival
Official Selection, 2022 Toronto International Film Festival

A lost cat, a giant talkative frog and a tsunami help a bank employee without ambition, his frustrated wife, and a schizophrenic accountant to save Tokyo from an earthquake and find a meaning to their lives. A stunning animated film based on stories from acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami.

“Elegantly surreal… an impressive achievement, a piece of storytelling which balances moments of flighty whimsy against deeper existential questions.”

—Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

About the filmmaker:

Pierre Földes is a composer, orchestrator, painter, and filmmaker. He was born in the United States and raised in Paris, where he studied piano and composition.. He began his career in New York composing music for film and advertising before moving to Europe. Fascinated by drawing and animation, he has written and directed several short films, developing his own unique and personal style and technique.

For his debut feature Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2023), Földes adapted several short stories by acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami. The film won the Jury Special Mention award at the renowned Annecy Animation Film Festival and was selected at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.

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