Olympic filmmaker needed 2 movies to cover Tokyo turmoil
Tokyo Film Director Naomi Kawase, who directed the official documentary of the Tokyo Olympics, speaks to The Associated Press in Tokyo Friday, June 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama) (Yuri Kageyama)TOKYO — (AP) — Naomi Kawase, the director of the official film of the Tokyo Olympics, acknowledged she was taken aback at first about her assignment. That was late in 2018 when she got the commission from the International Olympic Committee. Each two-hour segment has been released as a separate film — titled “Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side A" and “Official Film of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Side B.”“I never wavered,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday. Mori, a former prime minister, was forced to resign as the president of the Olympic organizing committee following off-the-cuff remarks that women talk too much, which leads to long meetings.wftv.com
Tokyo Olympic film debuts in Japan; headed next to Cannes
Olympics Tokyo Documentary Film FILE - Japanese film director Naomi Kawase speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on Oct. 23, 2018. The documentary film produced by Kawase about the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics premiered on Monday, May 23, 2022, shown to reporters and other invited guests in the Japanese capital. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) (Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — (AP) — The documentary film about the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics premiered on Monday, shown to reporters and other invited guests in the Japanese capital. After Tokyo, the film will be shown on Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival in the Bunuel Theatre, named for Spanish-born iconoclastic filmmaker Luis Bunuel. The film looks at refugee athletes, and athletes who have defected.wftv.com
Cannes announces lineup for a festival canceled by COVID
Cannes Festival director Thierry Fremaux, left, festival president Pierre Lescure, sit during the presentation of the festival lineup, in an empty cinema Wednesday, June 3, 2020 in Paris. The Cannes Film Festival was canceled due to the pandemic but it announced the films that would have played at the French Riviera festival. Those films, festival organizers say, will be able to promote themselves with the Cannes "stamp of approval." The French festival, originally slated for mid-May, initially considered postponing to July but ultimately gave up on a 2020 edition. The films will be able to brand themselves as part of the official 2020 Cannes Film Festival selection.