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52nd edition


Fortnight 1999, Feature film, 2h27


A man and a woman live together in present-day Tokyo, where many couples are carving out lifestyles outside traditional family roles. When the man’s son by a previous marriage arrives unexpectedly to stay a month with the couple, a kind of mock family life begins. M/other was made without a script. After detailed discussions, the cast and crew worked like a group of jazz musicians, improvising under the filmmaker’s direction.


Nobuhiro Suwa

Nobuhiro Suwa was born in Hiroshima in1960. He has made documentaries and fiction films. M/Other, shown in the 1999 Quinzaine des Réalisateurs ( Prix FIPRESCI ), put him in the limelight. He received the Special Jury Prize and the CICAE Prize at Locarno in 2005 for Un couple parfait starring Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi and Bruno Todeschini. Nobuhiro Suwa is currently president of Tokyo Zokei University.

Makiko Watanabe
Ryudai Takahashi
Tomokazu Miura

Nobuhiro Suwa, Tomokazu Miura, Makiko Watanabe

Masami Inomoto

Nobuyuki Kikuchi

Shuichi Kakesu

Haruyuki Suzuki

Set decoration
China Hayashi

production : Takenori Sento, Wowow & Bandai Visual, 1-5-8 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8080, Japon, Tél. : (81 3) 5414 8175, Fax : (81 3) 5414 8182 En association avec Bitters End & Suncent CinemaWorks Vente à l’étranger : Fortissimo Film Sales, Herenmarkt 10-2, 1013 ED Amsterdam, Pays Bas, Tél. : (31 20) 627 3215, Fax : (31 20) 626 1155, email :


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