Following its overwhelming critical acclaim at major international film festivals including Cannes and Toronto, 2016 Qumra Master Naomi Kawases modern classic Radiance (Japan, France/2017), will be screened by the Doha Film Institute Cinema (DFI Cinema) as part of its Contemporary Releases programme on February 15 and 16, 2018, at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium.
Bringing a selection of the latest internationally and regionally acclaimed films, DFI Cinema had recently launched the Contemporary Releases programme with a screening of Finnish director Aki Kaurismkis The Other Side of Hope (Finland, Germany/2017) to strong audience response. In the coming months, the series will include recent festival favourites, as well as the emerging new voices of DFI-granted filmmakers.
Radiance has won rave reviews and clinched the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, with its heart-touching narrative of Misako, a struggling writer hired to create film audio descriptions for the visually impaired, and her association with Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. He offers to help Misako with her scripts, and together they learn to see the subtly radiant world that is invisible to most eyes.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Doha Film Institute Fatma Al Remaihi said: "Director Naomi Kawase, our 2016 Qumra Master, has once again proved her mettle with Radiance. It is a delight to watch her outpace her own accomplishments and tell powerful yet sensitive stories that have universal resonance. Filmmaking is an intensely spiritual and philosophical experience for her, as she had told the Qumra audience, and this is more than evident in Radiance. We are delighted to bring this contemporary classic to film lovers in Qatar, and enable them to appreciate some of the finest works in the world today."