Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (Saules aveugles, femme endormie)
Directed by Pierre Földes
$12 | $8 Speed members
“Elegantly surreal . . . an impressive achievement, a piece of storytelling which balances moments of flighty whimsy against deeper existential questions.”—Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
A lost cat, a giant talkative frog, and a tsunami help a bank employee without ambition, his frustrated wife, and a schizophrenic accountant to save Tokyo from an earthquake and find meaning to their lives in the animated feature Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman. Based on stories by acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami (Drive My Car), the debut of composer Pierre Földes won the Jury Special Mention award at the renowned Annecy Animation Film Festival.
Tokyo, a few days after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kyoko suddenly leaves her husband after spending five days in a row glued to unfolding earthquake footage on TV. Her helpless husband Komura takes a week’s leave from work and heads north to deliver a box and its unknown contents to two young women. His colleague Katagiri, a simple debt collector by profession and an awkward loner in life, returns home one evening to find a two-meter-tall frog asking for his help to save Tokyo from an imminent earthquake. Through memories, dreams, and fantasies, Kyoko, Komura, and Katagiri, influenced by their visions of earthquakes—which are manifested as evil willow trees, giant earthworms, secret vows, mysterious boxes, and a dark, endless corridor—attempt to rediscover their true selves. 2022, France/Luxembourg/Canada/Netherlands, DCP, in English, 110 minutes. Recommended for 16+