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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Opens on May 19

Director: Pierre Földes Run Time: 105 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2023

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A giant talking frog and an elusive cat help a listless bank employee, his traumatized wife, and a lonely accountant seek meaning in their lives and possibly save Tokyo from catastrophe in the animated feature BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN. Based on stories by acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami (Drive My Car), this feature debut by composer Pierre Földes has been racking up awards at prestigious animation festivals. Using an innovative live-action 3D motion capture process, Földes captures the memories, dreams and visions of Murakami’s characters as they attempt to rediscover their true selves. – Zeitgeist Films 

English language version

“Elegantly surreal… an impressive achievement, a piece of storytelling which balances moments of flighty whimsy against deeper existential questions.” – Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

“Delightful. The stories gradually intertwine in true Murakami fashion, adding up to a beautifully incomplete portrait of regular people trying to navigate transitional moments in their lives… Földes’ animation style is an equally perfect fit… The film unfolds like a picture book for adults, adding an innocent quality to the stories of sad debt collectors and horny couriers.” – Christian Zilko, IndieWire


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