Director: Pedro González-Rubio (Mexico)
Location: Totsukawa Village, Nara
Japan / 2012 / HD / 72 min / Japanese with English subtitle / Distributed by NIFF
Pedro González-Rubio, the winner of the Golden SHIKA Award at the Nara International Film Festival 2010, directed "Inori," set in Kannogawa in Totsukawa Village, Nara. The Great Eastern Earthquake on March 11, 2011, the disastrous flooding in Totsukawa Village 120 years ago, and "Hojoki" (an essay wrtitten by Kamo no Chomei in the 13th century) which laments the transience of this world... Pedro received these incidents as being directly connected to himself and thus his journey began. As if following "Hojoki," Pedro conducted his camera like Kamo no Chomei put his writing brush on paper. In September 2011, the Kannogawa region was subjected to disastrous flooding due to a large typhoon and suffered devastating damage. Rubio heard of this disaster just as he was about to start editing his film. Facing the reality the scenery of the small community he filmed will never come back, the filmmaker showed his determined responsibility and gave his full focus in editing. With profound feelings attached to the villagers and the director himself, "Inori" is completed in 2012, the year marking the 800th anniversary since the Hojoki was written.
Pedro won the Golden Leopard Award with this film at the 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in 2012.