International Competition 4

It’s the last day of the year and night is falling on the small town of Toyama, Japan. A man goes to the public bath to retrieve a forgotten object. Once inside, however, the promise of a hot bath compels him to stay.

  • France, Japan
  • 2023, 21 min
  • Director: Atsushi Hirai
  • Director of photography: Benoit Pain
  • Editor: Jehan Folqué
  • Screenplay: Atsushi Hirai, Martin Bertier
  • Sound: Gen Takahashi, Agathe Poche, Simon Apostolou
  • Cast: Okihido Yoshizawa, Hisako Mizuki, Kôta Tsunezawa, Satchiko Okuno
  • Producer: Martin Bertier, Damien Manivel
  • Production: MLD Films

1.3. 19:00 Praha | Kino Atlas
2.3. 15:30 Praha | Kino Světozor - Malý sál

Atsushi Hirai

Atsushi Hirai

Born in Toyama, Japan, Atsushi Hirai studied filmmaking first in Tokyo and then in France, where he settled in 2015 and worked as an assistant director, in particular on the films of Damien Manivel. His debut film, Return to Toyama (2020), was presented in international competition at the Locarno Film Festival. Oyu is his second film.