Japanese filmmaker Genki Kawamura has been awarded the Silver Shell for Best Director at the 70th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival for the film ‘Hyakka/A hundred flowers’.
‘Hyakka’ is the adaptation of a homonymous novel that starts from the author’s personal experience with Alzheimer’s that his grandmother suffered from. The film reflects on how “the feeling of guilt is not forgotten and when a moment comes, all those memories open up like flowers”.
Kawamura has recognized that this award has been so unexpected for him that he received the announcement after a visit to the Guggenheim Museum. “I was having ham and txakolí and they called me to tell me: almost all the txakolí was done”, he joked. The Japanese filmmaker has also remembered his grandmother, inspiration for this film, who has already passed away.