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THE LAND OF HOPE

by Shion Sono

synopsis

In the fictional Nagashima prefecture, Yoichi Ono lives a peaceful life with his wife Izumi, and his parents Yasuhiko and Chieko, on the family’s small farm. One day, an earthquake disrupts the calm, causing the reactor at a nearby nuclear power plant to explode. The Nagashima community is directly within the twenty-kilometre evacuation radius—except for the Ono farm. Haunted by memories of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, in which evacuees were forced out of their homes permanently, the Onos are faced with a terrible decision: stay and risk the possibility of radiation poisoning, or leave the home their family has spent generations building.

international title: The Land of Hope
original title: Kibô no kuni
country: United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan, Province of China
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Shion Sono
film run: 133'
release date: FR 24/04/2013
screenplay: Shion Sono
cast: Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Ohtani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka, Hikari Kajiwara, Yutaka Shimizu
cinematography by: Shigenori Miki
film editing: Jun'ichi Itô
art director: Takashi Matsuzuka
producer: Mizue Kunizane, Yuji Sadai, Yûko Shiomaki
production: Marble Films
distributor: Metropolitan Filmexport

main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2012
Hawaii Film Festival 2012
Chicago International Film Festival 2012
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2012
Stockholm International Film Festival 2012
Mar del Plata Film Festival 2012
Turin Film Festival 2012
Lyon Festival Hallucinations Collectives 2013
CPH PIX 2013
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