At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Japanese director Naomi Kawase called her seaside coming-of-age tale “Still the Water” her “masterpiece” and proclaimed it to be worthy of the Palme d’Or, which the film was in fact in the running for. (Kawase’s previous triumphs at Cannes include the 1997 Camera d’Or for “Suzaku” and the 2007 Grand Prix for “The Mourning Forest.”)
“Still the Water” went home empty-handed, but based on the newly released English-language trailer, we’re inclined to believe Kawase about its magnificence. The gorgeous spot focuses on a teenage girl forced to cope with a not-fully-present mother who believes herself to be a shaman. In the sea, the girl finds refuge and, eventually, love. However, press description also mention the discovery of a dead body in the water and how the young lovers cope with this new tragedy.
Here’s the PR synopsis:
“On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.”
“Still the Water” will open in the UK on July 3. A US distribution deal for the film has to be announced.