KOGUCHI Utako / 1991 / 16mm / color / 7min.
A grandmother’s daily activities are overlaid with off-screen conversations between grandmother and granddaughter. The unremarkable conversations of a calm daily life. Eventually tissue flower petals rain down and the grandmother is buried in paper flowers. “Grandma, close your eyes” “Close my eyes and die?” – a funeral performance. “Are you scared to die?” “I’m not scared. So much so I even wonder why I’ve lived so long.” She asks her granddaughter, “Am I going to die?” and the two of them laugh together. (From the 1992 IFF catalogue)
Born in Tokyo. Graduated from the Faculty of Letters at Waseda University. Her Ame was selected for the 1982 Pia Film Festival. Won the Grand Prize at IFF 1989 for Odekake nikki. The sleeping flower won the Special Jury Prize at IFF 1992. Currently teaches at Musashino Art University. Major works: A DANDELION (ROSACEAE) (1990 EBITEN GOLDEN DIRECTOR), O-DE-KA-KE DIARY 2 (1993), and OPHELIA’S FAVORITE BOOKS (1995).