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37 SECONDS by HIKARI wins the Art Cinema Award at the 69th Berlinale in Panorama section

37 SECONDS by HIKARI wins the Art Cinema Award at the 69th Berlinale in Panorama section

The International Confederation of Art Cinemas is proud to announce that the Art Cinema Award at the 69th Berlinale Panorama, goes to 37 SECONDS by HIKARI.

Film information

37 SECONDS

Japan, 2019, 115 minutes
Director: HIKARI
Script: HIKARI
Cinematography: Stephen Blahut, Tomoo Ezaki
Cast: Mei Kayama, Misuzu Kanno, Shunsuke Daitō, Makiko Watanabe, Minori Hagiwara
Production : knockonwood, HIKARI Film

More information on the festival’s website.

Official website of 37 seconds

Synopsis

In 37 Seconds, 23-year-old comic book artist Yuma, physically disabled due to profound cerebral palsy and emotionally stunted by her well-meaning but overly protective mother, forges her own unusual path to sexual awakening and independence while at the same time discovering love and forgiveness.

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Jury’s decision:

The movie we selected celebrates cultural diversity. It is the story of a young woman in a very strict culture who is on her personal journey towards empowerment – a very weak, fragile person as it seems in the first place, a person driven by her desires, a woman who feels like an alien in the first place but manages to grow and become independent and strong.
We saw a brilliant young actress in a extremely well-crafted first feature of a female filmmaker, supported by an wonderful cast, which leads us in through a colorful world of mangas and family secrets – a film the Arthouse audience will love.
We award the Panorama Art Cinema Award to “37 Seconds” by Hikari.

The jury was composed of:

Matthias Damm, Casablanca Nürnberg, Germany
Elaheh Godarzi, Art & Experience, Teheran, Iran
Tanja Helm, Cinematograph and Leokino, Innsbruck, Austria

from left: Matthias Damm, Tanja Helm, Elaheh Godarzi, film director Hikari and the film producer of 37 Seconds

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