Dryads in a Snow Valley

Dryads in a Snow Valley
  • Sunday, May 29, 12:30 Naxoshalle Kino
  • 風の波紋
    Kaze no hamon
  • Japan 2015, Blu-ray, 99 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director: Shigeru KOBAYASHI
  • Production: Kasama Film
  • Camera: Hirotaka MATSUNE
  • World sales: ARTicle Films
  • European premiere
  • Competition Nippon Visions Jury Award and Nippon Visions Audience Award


When it snows in the Japanese Prefecture of Niigata, it snows a lot! Life in the villages has its hardships, but despite this, a few people from Tokyo and other big cities have tried to build new lives for themselves in those mountains and valleys. In his documentary, KOBAYASHI portrays their motivation and their attitudes without falling into the trap of over-sentimentalization.

Director Bio
Shigeru KOBAYASHI (born in Niigata Prefecture in 1954) began working in the documentary film genre as an assistant director to Hisao YANAGISAWA as well as a cinematographer. His film AND LIFE GOES ON won him the Mainichi Film Award for Best Documentary in 2004.

1998 Hokago; 2004 And Life Goes On (Watashi no kisetsu); 2008 Chokora!

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