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A WARM SPELL
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A WARM SPELL
 
Queens Premiere

Director: Toshimichi Saito

Japan, 2014, 25min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Short Narrative
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Winner: Best Short Narrative

Cast:  Shinnosuke Fukushima, Makiya Yamaguchi, Wakana Matsumoto, Taiju Nakane, Yasuo Maeyama, Mayu-u Hanabusa
Crew:  Producers: Jason Stefaniak, Toshimichi Saito - Screenwriters: Toshimichi Saito - Cinematographer: Michael E. Wood - Editor: Toshimichi Saito - Composer: Dylan Glatthorn
Email:  toshimichi.saitogmail.com
web:  www.koharufilm.com

synopsis
Naoki gave up his dream of painting to take over the family-run post office. His older brother, Masanobu, left home to become a doctor. When their mother's funeral brings the two brothers together again, they are forced to confront their old conflicts and resentments.

director
Toshimichi Saito was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. After receiving a BA in Economics, he moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Filmmaking at New York University's Graduate Film Program. His NYU thesis ĎA Warm Spellí has been awarded the Grand Prix at New Directors Film Festival in Tokyo, Best National Short at Sapporo Short Fest, Semi-Grand Prix at Japan Association of Audiovisual Producers Awards and Best Actor Awards at both Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia and Mito Short Film Festival. The film has screened at 25 festivals in 11 countries so far, including Raindance and Clermont-Ferrand and won 14 awards. After working for Spike Lee as an assistant editor, Toshimichi returned to Japan in 2014. He is currently working on a feature version of ĎA Warm Spell.í
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