Japanese director Naomi Kawase to chair international competition jury at Cairo International Film Festival


Japanese director Naomi Kawase will lead the international jury at the 44th Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which runs from November 13-22 this year.

Festival President Hussein Fahmy hailed Kawase’s participation, confirming his role as head of the international competition’s jury as a valuable addition to the activities of the upcoming edition.

Fahmy added that Kawase has a distinguished career and a wealth of experience which has qualified her to get prestigious awards from various international festivals.

Festival director Amir Ramses said having a film talent such as Naomi Kawase leading the international competition’s jury continues the successful tradition established by CIFF over the years to invite the world’s greatest filmmakers to this post.

Ramses also added that the presence of an award-winning director with such a successful career and a rich filmography is a great source of inspiration for Egyptian filmmakers.

The eminent Japanese director and writer rose to worldwide fame after achieving many honorable successes during her career which began in the late 1980s.

Born and raised in Nara, Japan, Naomi Kawase continues to shoot her films there today.

His quest to capture “reality” through cinema beyond simplistic documentary-fiction dichotomies has won worldwide acclaim.

She is the youngest person to win the Camera d’Or (for best first feature film) at the Cannes Film Festival for Moe no Suzaku (1997).

She also won three prizes from the prestigious French festival for her films Mogari no Mori (2007) and Hikari (2017) and she also received the Carrosse d’or in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (2009)

After shooting her two feature films Vision (2018) and Asa ga Kuru (2020), she was appointed official director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and thematic producer for the Osaka-Kansai 2025 World Expo.

She is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and was appointed Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Minister of Culture.

Outside of film, she pursues other forms of expression, including commercial directing, DJing radio shows, writing essays, creating installations, and various other pursuits including calligraphy.

Recently, she has become fascinated with Ryukyuan dance and has worked on conveying its unique expression of time and space through visual expressions and stage settings.

As executive director of the Nara International Film Festival, which she launched in 2010, she focuses on nurturing the next generation of visionaries and has produced nine films to that end.


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