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Cherry Blossoms – Hanami

Doris Dörrie
Kirschblüten – Hanami
Germany 2008 / 122’

A story of selfless love that is also a poetic journey into the meaning of life itself. Trudi is the only one who knows that her husband is terminally ill with cancer. When his doctor suggests that the couple undertake one last trip together, Trudi persuades her husband to accompany her to visit her children and grandchildren in Berlin. However, the members of their family are far too wrapped up in their own lives to be able to take care of the couple. After a theatre trip to see a Butoh dance performance, Trudi and Rudi decide to go and stay at a hotel on the Baltic coast. And then, out of the blue, Trudi dies. Rudi is completely at a loss. He has no idea what to do with his life, until he decides to go to Japan to visit their youngest son, Karl.

IFF Berlin 2008


Kirschblüten - Hanami is inspired by Ozu's 1953 film, Tokyo Monogatari, which, in turn, was a reworked version of Leo McCarey's American film Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). In this way, a story that originated in the West went East, and is now travelling back again from East to West. Inspired by the initial constellation in Ozu's film, I developed the story of a widower father who travels from Germany to Ozu's native land where he finds somebody - a young Butho dancer named Yu - who is able to accept him in spite of the fact that they don't even have a language in common.

Doris Dörrie

Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover on 1955. She studied acting and film at the University of the Pacific in California, and philosophy and psychology in New York. She studied at the College of Television and Film in Munich, where she later lectured. After several TV films, she made her first feature film 1983. She enjoyed outstanding success with her 1985 film, Männer. A well-known author of novels, short stories and children's books.


1976 Ob's Stürmt Oder Schneit (dok. / doc.)

1978 Pierwszy walc / Der Erste Walzer Hff-Diplomfilm

1983 Prosto przez serce / Mitten Ins Herz

1984 Wewnątrz wieloryba / Im Innern Des Wals

1985 Mężczyźni / Männer

1989 Pieniądze / Geld

1992 Wszystkiego najlepszego, Turku! / Happy Birthday, Türke!

1994 Nikt mnie nie kocha / Keiner Liebt Mich

1998 Czy jestem piękna? / Bin Ich Schön?

2002 Nadzy / Nackt

2007 Jak ugotować swoje życie / Wie man sein Leben kocht / How To Cook Your Life (dok. / doc.)

2008 Kirschblüten - Hanami / Cherry Blossoms - Hanami

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