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Sweet Red Bean Paste

Sweet Red Bean Paste

by Naomi Kawase

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…

France / Germany / Japan / 113 min

The story takes place on a small shop making traditional sweet red bean pancake, Dorayaki (Dorayaki is a Japanese traditional sweet made with pancake and anko (sweet Azuki red bean paste) filling. It’s said that the name of this cake comes from its shape, round like a dora (a gong)).
Sentaro stands in the tiny shop all day long, making Dorayaki on a hot plate.
Tokue, a woman in her 70’s with disfigured hands, visits the shop to seek employment. Amazed by the taste of Tokue’s Azuki red bean paste, Sentaro decides to hire her. His shop begins to thrive.
During her entire life, Tokue has been living with people’s prejudice against her.
As for Sentaro, he is in search of a reason to keep on living. Eventually though, they both find their way.
‘An’ is a story that lingers in one’s heart, embracing the beauty and the mystery of life, up to the very end.

Actor Role
Kirin Kiki Tokue
Masatoshi Nagase Sentaro
Kyara Uchida Wakana
Kazue Tsunogae Sentaro’s mother
Miki Mizuno Wakana’s mother
Shuhei Hara Shuhei
Miu Takeuchi Miu
Saki Saki Takahashi
Yuria Yuria Murata
Director Naomi Kawase
Author Naomi Kawase
Producer Thanassis Karathanos
Anne Pernod
Naomi Kawase
in co-production with  ZDF/Arte
Director of Photography Shigeki Akiyama
Editor Tina Baz, Naomi Kawase
Sound Design Roman Dumny
Mixing Olivier Goinard
Art Direcor Kyoko Heya
Director of Light Yasuhiro Ohta
German distributor Neue Visionen Filmverleih
supported by:  Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg

Festival de Cannes / France (May 13-24, 2015) – Official Selection, ouverture Un Certain Regard

Moscow International Film Festival / Russia (June 19-26, 2015) – Female Blast program

Valletta FF / Malta (June 15-21, 2015) – Competition – Best Film+Best Actress for K.Kiki

Seoul International Food Film Festival / China (July 9-12, 2015) – Opening Film

Odessa IFF / Ukraine (July 10-18, 2015)

New Horizons IFF / Poland (July 23- Aug 2, 2015)

Sakhalin IFF “On the Edge” / Russia (Aug 21-28, 2015)

Semana International de Cine de Valladolid / Spain (Oct 24-31, 2015)
Best Director Award for Naomi Kawase

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