In the lush mountains of Nara, Japan, thoughtful and withdrawn Tomo has taken refuge from the madness of the world, sharing a quiet life alongside mysterious herbalist Aki, a blind seer who possesses an otherworldly understanding of the ways of the forest. Yet their peaceful life is about to change with the arrival of travel writer Jeanne (Juliette Binoche), herself in search of a sacred plant known simply as "vision," said to bloom every 997 years and with the ability to dispel human weakness, agony and pain. Soon, Jeanne’s presence opens up secrets long buried in the forest’s depths — as well as her own unspoken connection to the land — in this breathtaking new film from acclaimed director/writer Naomi Kawase. – Cedar Sherbert
Born in Nara, Japan, in 1969, Naomi Kawase is a world-renowned and prolific filmmaker of both documentaries and narrative features. Her films include Cannes Film Festival competition premieres THE MOURNING FOREST, HANEZU and STILL THE WATER. SWEET BEAN (AFI FEST 2015) premiered in the 2015 Cannes Film Festival's Un Certain Regard lineup. VISION is her eleventh feature.