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Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

Co-presented by SCREENSHOT: ASIA and the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and the CMU Lecture Series

Directed by Pierre Földes

Run Time: 110 mins 
Released: France/Luxembourg/Netherlands/Canada/2022
Language:  French

Based on stories by Haruki Murakami, this animated film provides a snapshot of Tokyo shortly after the 2011 earthquake and tidal wave. Reality, memories, dreams, and fantasies blend together in a rotoscoped fantasy as viewers meet a lost cat, a talkative frog, a bank employee, a wife, and an accountant, each of whom are on a journey of existential reflection. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman questions why we hold onto the painful moments in life. Is our suffering reality or is it imagination?

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"A bewitching in-between world of which Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, the first feature by the cosmopolitan filmmaker and composer, succeeds in capturing all the charm of a multi-layered narrative and the unique wavelength of a singular essence." - Cineuropa


Event includes

Panel Discussion with

Yoshihiro Yasuhara, Professor of Modern Languages Professor, CMU
Nathan Mazur, Animator, Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators

Moderated by Seung-Hwan Shin, Film and Media Studies Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Reception catered by T-swirl Crêpe


Pierre Földes

Pierre Földes is a composer, orchestrator, artist, and filmmaker who made his feature directorial debut with Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman.  Földes worked as a composer on numerous films, video games, and commercials. He studied piano and composition at the École Normale de Musique de Paris and the Sorbonne.With a passion for drawing and animation, Földes has developed numerous short films.



  •  Winner of the Best Feature Film at Annecy International Animated Film Festival

  • Winner of Best Original Film Score at Les Arcs European Film Festival

Screening Soon!

Date: March 30
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: CMU, McConomy Auditorium @ Jared L. Cohon Center

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