/ Jan 19, 2017

Thief makes €15 million jewelry heist in Cannes

A robber brandishing a pistol and a grenade stole diamonds worth €15 million ($16 million) on Wednesday in the French Riviera town of Cannes and calmly escaped on foot, a regional prosecutor said. The man in his 30s, his face uncovered except for a pair ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

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Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan's ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...

Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island

/ Jul 16, 2014

Reflections on the dark side of a tropical island

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Naomi Kawase was once Japan's best-known female director abroad; now she is one of its most internationally prominent directors, regardless of gender. This change is largely due to her long association with the Cannes film festival, where her first fiction feature, "Moe no Suzaku (Suzaku)," ...