True Mothers | 朝が来る
New Year J-Film Fest

Drama, Family

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

Kawase's best film in years...

Mina Takla, Awards Watch

...A thoughtful drama about the shame associated with unconventional motherhood.

Alex Heeney, Seventh Row

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Japan's Official Submission to the Academy Awards

After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a child. Over the next six years, the middle-class couple and their young son Asato settle into a comfortable, albeit routine, life.

The family’s orderly existence is shattered by the arrival of Hikari, a young woman claiming to be Asato’s biological mother, demanding his return. As tensions mount, Satoko grows more and more emboldened to defend her family.

Weaving together multiple timelines and genres with a contemplative pacing and keen sense of place, hallmarks of Kawase’s work, True Mothers is “is a deeply touching celebration of women who assume duties of love, support and compassion” (Awards Watch).

Starring Nagasaku Hiromi, Iura Arata, Makita Aju, and Sato Reo



Born and raised in Nara, Naomi Kawase's early films, Embracing and Katatsumori received international recognitions and awards at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 1995. With her first feature, Suzaku (1997), she became the youngest filmmaker to receive the Camera d’Or at the Festival de Cannes. Also at Cannes, she won the Grand Prix for The Mourning Forest (2007), the Carrosse d'Or in 2009, and also served as one of the jurors for the competition in 2013. In 2015, Kawase was bestowed with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture. Aside from being a filmmaker, she is the founder and Executive Director for the Nara International Film Festival. Her more recent titles include Sweet Bean (2015), Radiance (2017), and Vision (2018).

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