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Pierre Földes

Saules aveugles, femme endormie (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman)

100' - 2022 - Drama, Animated film - Dialogue: English
Director: Pierre Földes Composer: Pierre Földes With: Michael Czyz, Zag Dorison, Jesse Noah Gruman
Based on short stories by Murakami, this delightfully surreal animated film by composer-filmmaker Pierre Földes manages to perfectly capture the author's existentialism and humour.
Composer-filmmaker Pierre Földes perfectly captures Murakami's existentialism and irony in this delightfully surreal animated film.
A lost cat, a giant talkative toad, and a tsunami help an unambitious salesman, his frustrated wife and a schizophrenic accountant save Tokyo from an earthquake and find meaning in their lives.

“Haruki Murakami’s short stories inspire Pierre Földes’ impressive achievement, a piece of storytelling which balances moments of flighty whimsy against deeper existential questions, marking Földes as a talent to watch in the world of adult-skewed animation. (...) It's an ambitious work – or collection of works – to weave together into a coherent whole. Földes, wisely perhaps, doesn't trouble himself with providing explanations for the mysteries which unfold. As such, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is true to its teasing, questioning source material. But there's a pleasing sense of intertwined stories and parallel journeys towards moments of enlightenment." - Screen Daily

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Pierre Földes


Pierre Földes


Michael Czyz, Zag Dorison, Jesse Noah Gruman


Pierre Földes

Director of Photography

Étienne Boilard


Kara Blake


Tom Dercourt, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, Pierre Urbain, David Mouraire, Luc Déry, Kim McCraw, Galilé Marion-Gauvin, Antoine Coutant, Pierre Földes, Joost De Vries

Production studios

Miyu Productions


Imagine Film Distribution

More information



Countries of production

Canada, The Netherlands, France, Luxemburg

Screenplay based on

Haruki Murakami




Pierre Földes
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2022)

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