Developed at SEAFIC 2017, Tokyo Talents 2017
and Feature Lab Programme of Torino Film Lab 2018
Winner of OPEN SEA FUND AWARD and SEAFIC-TFL AWARD
Project in Development
Director: Nicole Midori Woodford
Produced by Pōtocol
Seeking international co-producers, financiers, distribution
Ami (13), lives with her father in Singapore, struggling to cope with the chasm left behind by her mother, Satomi, who returned to Japan years ago. Ami has an uncanny ability to communicate with spirits. When Ami sees a premonition of disaster befalling Satomi’s coastal hometown, she journeys to warn her mother. Ami finally meets for the first time her uncle Isamu, an eccentric taxi driver. Both estranged from Satomi, together they begin a tumultuous road trip to find her mother, developing an unexpected and raw kinship along the way. Isamu faces his own haunting encounters of his own. Upon reaching the coast still devastated by a past tsunami, Ami delves into the afterlife in order to face the bleak truth of her mother’s departure. It is here she will finally meet her mother after being separated for 6 years. Through this final reunion and confrontation of the deepest sort of grief, find the truth of why her mother left her. With her uncle, Ami completes her personal odyssey of finding herself and her family.
Nicole Midori Woodford is a Singaporean filmmaker who has made short films such as Permanent Resident (Clermont Ferrand SFF 2018), Tenebrae (Astro A-List 2018), Waiting Room (15 Shorts Commission 2018) and For We Are Strangers (Busan IFF 2015). She is an alumnus of Berlinale Talents 2010, Asian Film Academy 2010, and Tokyo Talents 2017.