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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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