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In its 19th edition, the Guanajuato International Film Festival is pleased to dedicate a tribute to our first guest, Naomi Kawase.

[eltdf_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]F[/eltdf_dropcaps]acing a Naomi Kawase film, one gets the feeling that they’re in the presence of something loved, a poem dedicated to every little change that builds us up as people. It’s evident that cinema is personal for her, since she interprets and owns the mystery of time; weaving stories through intimacy and meaning. It’s precisely due to this sober and sweet handling of intimacy in her films, portraits of lives that are foreign to this continent, that offer an intimate encounter with what’s unique about it, like a solemn gift.

Originally from the Southern Japanese city of Nara, Naomi Kawase was born May 30th 1969. She majored in Visual Arts at the Osaka Photography School, graduated in 1989 and was awarded in 1993 for her documentary films. Besides being a filmmaker, she’s the founder and current Executive Director of the Nara International Film Festival, which also celebrates encounters with artists from all over the world, collaborators in strengthening young filmmakers and local film production.

This year, in its 69th edition, the Cannes Film Festival elected Naomi Kawase to be the President of Cinefondation and a member of the short film jury. Now, Kawase comes to Guanajuato as a distinguished representative of Japan and our first of this year’s GIFF tributees.