A message from Damian Manivel (film director)
Hiroshima International Film Festival 2015 has got a greeting message from Director Damian Manivel, who will be appearing on the stage to talk about his films "A Sunday Morning", and his first feature film "A Young Poet" which has been awarded by the Special Mention in Locarno Film Festival. Come to the festival and witness the hottest director from France.
I am very happy and proud to present my films at the Hiroshima International Film Festival and to participate as a jury member of the competition. My work will be shown in Japan for the first time. I am also delighted to have the first preview screening of my feature film "A Young Poet" in your festival, before the film goes on general release taken up by IndieTokyo.
Your invitation is a blessing in more ways than one. First, it resonates with my personal life because Hiroshima is the place of birth of my wife and I visited several times to meet my step family. I have a strong emotional bond with this region of Japan. For several years, it has been my wish to make a film in Japan, and I believe that this event will bring me closer to my dream. Whether in cinema or in life, encounters are the most important experiences, an opportunity to share our passions but also to confront ourself with another's point of view. They allow us to move forward and help to find our own way of looking at the world. The entire programme of the second Hiroshima International Film Festival is beautiful and eclectic, therefore I believe that it will be the perfect place for new encounters and discoveries.