Bird in the Peninsula

The boys are rehearsing a dance for their traditional initiation ceremony into adulthood; their teacher instructs them. A girl observes the scene but is not allowed to join in. When one of the boys chases after a strange bird, she follows him without knowing why. One day, the boy will no longer be able to see the bird either.
by Atsushi Wada
with Laura Rincon, Atsushi Wada
France / Japan 2022 Without dialogue 16’ Colour World premiere


  • Laura Rincon (Granny)
  • Atsushi Wada (Boy, Girl, Father and Dog)


Written and Directed by Atsushi Wada
Animation Atsushi Wada, Chikako Iwasaki, Margot Barbé, Marilou Soller, Josselin Facon
Editing Atsushi Wada
Music Mio Adachi
Sound Design Masumi Takino
Producers Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Nobuaki Doi
Co-Production New Deer Tokio

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Atsushi Wada

The Japanese film director was born in Hyōgo in 1980. After studying at the Osaka Kyoiku University, the Japan Institute of the Moving Image and the Tokyo University of the Arts, he started making short animated films in 2002. He is inspired by the minimalism and music of Nô theatre. His short film In a Pig’s Eye won awards at the Fantoche festival in Switzerland and at the London International Animation Festival. In the same year, his film The Mechanism of Spring premiered at Venice. In 2012, The Great Rabbit won a Silver Bear at Berlinale Shorts.

Filmography (short films)

2002 A Whistle · Be Vague · This Mayonnaise Is Too Liquid 2003 Yellow 2004 Dancer of Vermicular · A Clerk in Charge · The Thing of Rotation of Child 2005 Day of Nose · Gentle Whistle, Bird, and Stone 2006 A Manipulated Man 2007 Well, That’s Glasses 2010 In A Pig’s Eye · The Mechanism of Spring 2012 The Great Rabbit 2013 Anomalies 2022 Bird in the Peninsula

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022