In just a couple weeks, the organizers at the Cannes Film Festival will unveil their official selections, and widely expected to pop up is Naomi Kawase‘s “An: Sweet Red Bean Paste.” She’s a favorite on the Croisette, with three films playing In Competition over the years, winning the Grand Jury Prize and Golden Coach award for “The Mourning Forest” in 2007. Her latest looks like a lovely piece of low-key drama, judging by the first international trailer, which admittedly, I didn’t understand a word of.
Starring Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, and Etsuko Ichihara, and based on the novel by Tetsuya Akikawa, the story follows the bond that forms between an ex-con-turned-manager-of-a-bakery and an older customer, who develop a friendship over their communal love the titular pastry. But a secret could change everything if revealed.
“An: Sweet Red Bean Paste” opens in Japan on May 30th. No domestic distributor details yet. Watch below.