The Cheese & The Worms(“Cheezu to ujimushi”)
- Director: KATO Haruyo
2005 Japanese Subtitled in - Color Video 98 min
Photography: Kato Haruyo, Kato Naomi, Kurita Masanori, Nakajima Norio
Music: Suga Dairo
Sound Editors: Kikuchi Nobuyuki, Hayakawa Kazuma, Kuze Keiko
Contact Name: KATO Haruyo
735 Shimohamada-cho, Ota, Gunma 373-0821 JAPAN
[Festivals and prizes] Ogawa Shinsuke Prize at Yamagata IDFF 2005, Best Documentary at Nantes Three Continents Film Festival 2005
[Synopsis] The director lives in a small rural town with her dying mother and old grandmother. The serene eye of the camera depicts her mother’s fight with illness side by side with casual daily exchange with her brother’s family next door. Through interspersed images of her mother, the warmth of the family and their love for her is slowly and gently nurtured. Face to face with the all too real death of her mother, the director takes a hard look at life and death, preserving each fragile moment on film. Slowly but steadily, the feel of life’s delicacy emerges. Before long an angel descends to gaze on us all.
Born in 1966, Kato Haruyo graduated from the Department of Art Science in the Faculty of Art and Design at Tama Art University, and worked as the assistant of a still photographer. After two years with the Black Tent Theater company, her mother’s illness brought her back to her hometown. She now lives in Gunma Prefecture.