Official Selection out of Competition | 121 min | 2018


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About the Film

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crimes, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. Winner of the Palme d’Or for Best Film at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.


Film Info

Section Official Selection out of Competition
Year 2018
Length 121 min
Language Japanese
Country Japan
Premiere MENA Premiere

Film Credits

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Screenplay Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cinematography Ryoto Kondo
Music Haruomi Hosono
Editing Hirokazu Kore-eda
Producer Matsuzaki  Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, Taguchi Hijiri
Production Company AOI Promotion, Fuji Television Network, GAGA
Sound Design
Sound Kazohito Tomita
Cast Franky Lily , Sakura Ando , Mayu Matsuka , Kilin Kiki , Kairi Jyo , Miyo Sasaki

Film Contacts

Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maborosi (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming August Without Him (1994), won jury prizes at Venice and Chicago. The main themes of his oeuvre include memory, loss, death and the intersection of documentary and fictive narratives.