The New Waves


Pierre Földes | Francia, Canadá, Países Bajos, Luxemburgo | 2022 | 100 min.
O.V. in French subtitled in Spanish and English

The cinematic match of the renowned writer Haruki Murakami and his absorbing universe is Pierre Földes': his sober and inventive animation is the perfect way to transport us to the parallel reality found in the book of short stories Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. After the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, Komura, a bank clerk, witnesses in astonishment how his wife abandons him. At the same time, his colleague Katagiri, 44 years old and without a friend in the world, finds himself in a job predicament. The two of them will then open a portal to another dimension. Special mention at Annecy.

Direction: Pierre Földes
Script: Pierre Földes
Photography: Étienne Boilard
Editing: Kara Blake
Music: Pierre Földes
Sound: Matthew Földes
Art Director: Julien De Man
Cast: Ryan Bommarito, Shoshana Wilder, Marcelo Arroyo, Scott Humphrey, Arthur Holden, Pierre Földes
Producers: Pierre Baussaron, Tom Dercourt, Olivier Père, Emmanuel-Alayn Raynal
Production Company: Cinéma Defacto, Miyu Productions, Studio MA, An Original Picture, Doghouse Films, ARTE France Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Cinéma, micro_scope (CA), Unité Centrale (CA)
Distributor: The Match Factory
World Sales: The Match Factory

Pierre Földes was born in the United States to a Hungarian father (computer animation pioneer Peter Földes) and a British mother, and grew up in Paris, where he studied piano and composition. In New York, the artist began his career as a music composer for advertising, series, video games and films before moving to Europe. Földes wrote and directed several short films such as Les Allemands du Pont-Neuf, Mikrodramas, Coffee and Bananas, and Petites scènes d’été. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is his latest animated feature film, which is based on short stories by Haruki Murakami and premiered at Annecy, where it obtained a Jury Mention.