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Cannes Film Festival 2009 Program Note
Japanese student Aki Onodera travels from Tokyo to Germany to search for traces left there by her natural parents. In sleepy rural East Allgau, she meets the Weber family, whose spontaneous invitation to stay with them stirs up some heavy turbulence within the family.
Aki is constantly disturbed by a feeling that she has lost something as a grown-up. She goes on a journey to the suburbs of Southern Germany as her heart leads her, even though her family and her boyfriend don’t want her to. When she finds the place marked with red spot on a map, she happens to come across Weber family. The Weber family welcomes her and offers accommodation. But since the moment of Aki’s appearance, they confront the conflicts soaring up to the surface and Aki gets entangled into them.
The Red Spot is first feature film of Marie Miyayama, and it was the graduation work from the University of Television and Film Munich. We can see the resolution of Japanese people living in the foreign countries and Marie’s Miyayama integrity and sincerity toward life through this movie. Sixyear- old Aki lost her family by car accident when they were traveling in south Germany. Grown-up Aki came back to Germany and moved herself to the accident site. What a moving moment when you watch Aki is eating rice balls and omelets with her lost parents right by the bush on the highway where her family was gone. I admire her independent work done. (OHTAKE Yoko)
Cannes Film Festival 2009
Marie MIYAYAMAMarie MIYAYAMA
Marie Miyayama was born in 1972, in Tokyo, Japan. After completing her degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies at Waseda University, she came to Germany in 1995. There she attended the Theater Studies Program at the Ludwig-Maximilian’s University in Munich before enrolling at the University of Television and Film Munich in 1998. While studying, she made several short- and documentary films in which intercultural themes played a central role. The Red Spot is her first feature-length film. Her filmography includes Six Marimbas (1994), Wo ist mein Gefühl? (1997), NOWHERE (1999), Maika’s Weekend (2001), Between Earth and Sky (2004).