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Young German woman Marie escapes to Fukushima to change her life. Working with the organization Clowns4Help, she hopes to bring joy to survivors of the 2011 catastrophe still living in emergency shelters. Marie soon realizes she's absolutely unsuited to the task of making tragedy less wearisome. But instead of running away, Marie decides to stay with cantankerous old Satomi, the last geisha of Fukushima, who of her own accord has decided to retreat back to her destroyed house in the former radioactive exclusion zone. Two women who couldn't be more different, but who – each in her own way – are trapped in the past and must learn to liberate themselves from guilt and the burden of memory.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Cast Rosalie Thomass, Kaori Momoi, Mosche Cohen, Nami Kamata
Producers Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg
Production Company Olga Film/Munich, in co-production with Rolize/Bad Feilnbach, Constantin Film Produktion, ZDF, ARTE
Runtime 104 min
Format DCP, b&w, cs
 German, English, Japanese
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2016 (Panorama Special), Guadalajara 2016 (Closing Film), Sydney 2016, Odesa 2016, SANFIC 2016, Love & Anarchy Helsinki 2016, Mill Valley 2016, São Paulo 2016, Muestra de Cine Europeo Segovia 2016, Goa 2016, Mumbai 2016, Kolkata 2016, Bengaluru 2017, Durban 2017, Incontri Internazionali del Cinema Sorrento 2019
Awards Heiner Carow Award & CICAE Art Cinema Award Berlinale 2016, Best Actress (Int. Competition) Odessa 2016
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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