Masa, an eighty-three-year-old Japanese woman, wakes from a coma
that lasted fifty days but her condition is still critical. Her entire family
gathers around her bedside to spend the last moments of her life with
her. This sad moment becomes the opportunity to pay tribute to the
elderly woman and to reflect on human nature and the meaning
of life and death.
“At first I didn’t think this would become a film. When I went to visit
my grandmother I simply took a few snapshots and at the moment
it seemed the right thing to do. Only later did the film become what
it is today.”
Yuki Kawamura (Japan, 1979) began making video installations in 2002. His
works have participated at many exhibits and international collective exhibitions, including the Video and New Media Santiago Biennial in Chile, Montreal’s Festival Nouveau cinéma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Casoria, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and the Lumen Eclipse in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2008, he directed the medium-length film Senko, which was presented in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival, at the 16TH Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival in Portugal and won the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the Oberhausen International Film Festival.
He lives and works in Paris.
Senko (mm, 2008), Grandmother
director, story, screenplay,
Yuki Kawamura Production