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MIPTV Picks 2012 – Best in Show: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Filmmaker Lucy Walker had set out to visit Japan during cherry blossom season in order to capture the Japanese people's fascination with the beautiful yet ephemeral flower. When the country was ravaged on March 11, 2011 by an earthquake and tsunami, Walker contemplated abandoning the project. Thankfully, for all of us, she didn't.
March 27, 2012

Filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land) had set out to visit Japan during cherry blossom season in order to capture the Japanese people’s fascination with the beautiful yet ephemeral flower. When the country was ravaged on March 11, 2011 by an earthquake and tsunami, Walker contemplated abandoning the project. Thankfully, for all of us, she didn’t. The 40-minute short, nominated for an Oscar this year and the winner of Sundance’s jury prize for non-fiction short film, juxtaposes the alluring yet fleeting nature of the flower with the resilience of the survivors who share their heart-wrenching tales.

Partners: Directed by Lucy Walker; distributed by Goldcrest Films International (London)

Premiered: Toronto International Film Festival, 2011

Length: 1 x 40 minutes, 1 x 52 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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