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Naomi Kawase to Be Honored at Mapfre's 4+1 Film Festival

The Japanese director will see her works showcased and offer a master class in Mexico City.

MADRID - Japanese film director Naomi Kawase, who competed for a Palme d’Or at the last edition of the Cannes Film Festival with her film Hanezu no Tsuki (2011), will be the guest of honor at the second edition of Mapfre Foundation’s 4+1 Film Festival.

The competition, which is held simultaneously in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro from Oct. 26-30, will screen four of Kawase's features in all five cities, with the director present in Mexico City, the festival’s headquarters during this second edition.

Included in the showcase are HotaruGenpinShara and Hanezu no Tsuki. In addition, Kawase will offer a master class in Mexico City and see the Cineteca Nacional showcase a selection of her first short films.

Kawase was born in 1969 in Nara (Japan) and studied at the Osaka School of Photography. In 1997, she became the youngest director to have received a Camera d’Or at the Cannes Festival for Suzaku. In 2007 she also won the festival’s Gran Prix for The Mourning Forest