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Cherry Blossoms - Hanami (Kirschblueten - Hanami)

Cherry Blossoms - Hanami
Scene from "Cherry Blossoms - Hanami" (photo © Patrick Zorer)

Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. It is up to her to tell him or not. The doctor suggests that they do something together, perhaps something they were long planning to do... Trudi decides not to tell her husband about the gravity of his illness and to follow the doctor's advice. She convinces Rudi to visit their children and grandchildren in Berlin. But once they arrive, they realize that their children are so busy with their own lives that they have no time for them. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated and has no idea what to do next. From his daughter's girlfriend he learns that Trudi's love for him had led her to forego the life that she had wanted to live. He begins to see her with new eyes and vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey – to Tokyo, in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence, and new beginnings...

Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover. After studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her award-winning films include: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART (MITTEN INS HERZ, 1983), INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (IN INNEREN DES WALS, 1984), MEN (MÄNNER, 1985), PARADISE (PARADIES, 1986), ME AND HIM (ICH UND ER, 1988), MONEY (GELD, 1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TÜRKE!, 1992), NOBODY LOVES ME (KEINER LIEBT MICH, 1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (BIN ICH SCHÖN?,1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT, 2000), "NAKED" (NACKT, 2002), THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET ENOUGH (DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU – WARUM FRAUEN NIE GENUG BEKOMMEN, 2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI, 2008), THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE, 2010), BLISS (GLÜCK, 2011), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (ALLES INKLUSIVE, 2014), and GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA, 2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Frank Mueller, Inez Regnier
Claus Bantzer
Cast Aya Irizuki, Birgit Minichmayr, Floriane Daniel, Maximilian Brückner, Felix Eitner, Nadja Uhl, Hannelore Elsner, Elmar Wepper, Tadashi Endo
Producers Ruth Stadler, Patrick Zorer, Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg
Production Company Olga Film/Munich, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARD Degeto, ARTE
Length 126 min
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2008 (In Competition), Seattle 2008, Montreal 2008, Sao Paulo 2008, Goa 2008, Havana 2008, Palms Springs 2009, Istanbul 2009, Huesca 2009, Kolkata 2009, Seminci Valldolid 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Producers' Prize & Best Actor Elmar Wepper), German Film Award 2008 (Best Film in Silver, Best Actor Elmar Wepper, Best Costumes), Best Film Golden Space Needle Award Seattle 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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