Kawauso

A girl walks through the tall grass. An otter catches up with her and joins her on her walk. The two try in vain to communicate with each other. Humanity’s junk is slowly raining down from the sky and threatens to bury everything beneath it. The otter leaves the scene. A farewell song, drawn in delicate black and white.
The Japanese otter has been considered extinct since 2012. Kawauso, which is Japanese for otter, is a popular character in Japanese folklore.
by Akihito Izuhara Japan 2023 Japanese 15' International premiere | Animation

Crew

DirectorAkihito Izuhara
ScreenplayAkihito Izuhara, Ikuko Mizokami
EditingAkihito Izuhara
MusicSoragoro Uwanosuke
Sound DesignTetsuro Nishi
AnimationAkihito Izuhara
ProducerAkihito Izuhara

Produced by

Studio Mangosteen

Tokio, Japan

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Akihito Izuhara

Born in the Gifu Prefecture of Japan in 1964, he has had video installations and exhibitions in Japan since 1990. In 2010, his film Akai Mori no Uta was the first work he presented at the Berlinale. In 2012, LI.LI.TA.AL screened in Berlinale Shorts; in 2016, Vita Lakamaya was his third film to screen in the Berlinale Shorts competition.

Filmography (short films)

2005 Selnef 2007 Chiisana Tokage (Topy and Little Creature) 2008 Kagayaku Ki (Brilliant Tree) · Akai Mori no Uta (The Song of Red Forest) 2012 LI.LI.TA.AL. 2016 Vita Lakamaya 2023 Kawauso

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Dates

Berlinale Shorts 3
Sat Feb 17 14:15

Cubix 5

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Screening for press and industry professionals | With accreditation only

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Tue Feb 20 15:30

Cubix 9

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Wed Feb 21 13:30

Cineplex Titania

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Wed Feb 21 15:30

HKW 2 - Safi Faye Hall

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Thu Feb 22 21:30

Cubix 9

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Fri Feb 23 15:00

Cinema Betonhalle@Silent Green

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Shorts Take Their Time: Each film followed by a detailed Q&A

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Sat Feb 24 18:30

Colosseum 1

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