PODCAST: FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti interviews Doris Dörrie, director of the film Fukushima, Mon Amour from the Panorama section of the 66th Berlinale.
To listen to the interview, click on the ► icon on the right, just above the picture of the film
Doris Dörrie presented her new film Fukushima, Mon Amour in the Panorama section of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Here, director Doris Dörrie returns to Japan, where her previous film Cherry Blossoms. This time, she does so through foreign German perspective, rather than a Japanese one. To cite the director’s own words, Fukushima, Mon Amour is a story of two women whose backgrounds are so completely different, and yet who are both caught in their own past, and who learn together to free themselves from their personal memories. The title is a homage to Alain Resnais’ masterpiece Hiroshima, Mon Amour.
FUKISHIMA, MON AMOUR: Young German woman Marie (Rosalie Thomass) escapes to Fukushima to change her life. Working with the organization Clowns4Help, she hopes to bring joy to 2011 nuclear disaster survivors, some still living in emergency shelters. Marie soon realizes she‘s absolutely unsuited to the task of making tragedy less weari- some. But instead of running away, Marie decides to stay with cantankerous old Satomi (Kaori Momoi), the last geisha of Fukushima, who of her own accord has decided to retreat back to her ruined house in the formerly radioactive Exclusion Zone. Two women who couldn‘t be more different, but who – each in her own way – are trapped in the past and must learn to liberate themselves from guilt and the burden of memory.