EN - Carly works late in the European Parliament, but wants to prepare a documentary about Japanese subcultures. Carly translates monotonously from Japanese, but more and more she becomes attracted by the punk looking girls being interviewed. An actress plays the role of Carly, but the interviews with the Japanese girls are documentary footage shot by An van Dienderen in Harajuku, Tokyo. This minimalist portrait reflects the complexities of translation in the European Parliament, the only place worldwide where all the texts used and produced are translated daily into as many as 23 languages.

FR - Carly travaille tard le soir dans un cabinet de traduction, l’un des nombreux cabinets situés dans l’un des sombres halls pléniers du Parlement européen. Elle veut y préparer la traduction d’un documentaire japonais qui parle de la subculture japonaise. Sans intérêt particulier pour le sujet, Carly traduit continuellement à partir du japonais. Cependant, bien qu’au début elle travaille automatiquement en se concentrant uniquement sur la traduction, dirigeant son regard vers le drapeau européen placé au milieu du hall, de plus en plus, elle se sent attirée et s’intéresse à la jeune fille punk qui est interviewée.

Alors qu’une actrice joue le rôle de Carly, les interviews de la jeune fille japonaise sont des séquences documentaires tournées par An van Dienderen à Harajuku, Tokyo. Le portrait minimaliste reflète la complexité de la traduction. Tourné au Parlement européen, la seule place au monde où tous les textes qui sont utilisés et produits sont quotidiennement traduits dans pas moins de 23 langues.


Title Cherry Blossoms
Original title Cherry Blossoms
Original language English, Japanese
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts , Experimental
Year 2012


Cast Carly Wijs
Photography Sebastien Koeppel
Editing Dieter Diependaele
Sound Laszlo Umbreit
Camera assistant Léo Léfèvre
Technical assistant Elias Heuninck
Translation Itsushi Kawase and Emi Kodama
Japanese voice-over Emi Kodama

Technical specs

Running time film 11'52"
Release format ProRes 444
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)


2014: ‘Grenzen/loos’ expo - Emergent Veurne (BE)

2013: Festival des Films de Femmes - Le Créteil, Paris (FR), 'The politics and Poetics of Documentary Film' research symposium Helsinki (FI), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE), Tok Toc Knock Festival Brussels (BE), Festival Back-up Weimar (DE), FIDOCS - Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago (CL), FIDMarseille (FR), Elles tournent Brussels (BE), DMZ Korean International Documentary Festival (KR), Kasseler Docfest (DE), International Filmfestival Rotterdam (NL), Leiden international Film Festival (NL), ‘Grenzen/loos’ expo - Emergent Veurne (BE)


2013: Special Prize of the Jury International Short Film Competition "Monsieur Guillaume" - FIDOCS Chile (CL)

Cherry Blossoms receives Special Mention at FIDOCS Chile

The experimental short film Cherry Blossoms by An Van Dienderen received a Special Mention by the Short Film Jury at FIDOCS Chile (24 – 29 June). Cherry Blossoms has already finished screenings at festivals such as FIDMarseille earlier this month, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen last May and the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival in March.

Cherry BlossomsFIDOCS, the International Documentary Films Festival in Santiago, Chile, founded in 1997, plays more than 90 films during six days. Its mission is to offer people the opportunity to discover as much films as possible. FIDOCS has become one of the most important spaces for sharing and discussing documentary films in Latin America. The festival’s current edition hosted three separate competitions and aimed at pushing the boundaries of the definition of documentary. Cherry Blossoms screened in the fest’s International Competition section “Monsieur Guillaume”, where it was awarded a Special Mention by the Jury.

Published on Tuesday 16 July 2013

A myriad of Flemish filmmakers selected for FIDMarseille

For this year’s official competition, as well as for certain side events at the International Documentary Festival of Marseille (FIDMarseille, 2-8 July), a variety of Flemish filmmakers have found themselves selected. The Joycean Society by Dora Garcia was picked for the International Competition. For the side event Parallel Screens, the Flemish selectees are Dust Breeding by Sarah Vanagt, Tokyo Giants by Nicolas Provost and An Van Dienderen’s Cherry Blossoms. Finally, Vincent Meessen’s La Poule d’Ombredane was chosen as one of the 2013 FIDLab projects.

As per continuation of previous years’ trend, production company Auguste Orts sees another film into FIDMarseille’s International Competition with the selection of The Joycean Society. Amongst the international jury members we find award-winning Flemish director Sven Augustijnen, who himself presented his film Spectres at 2011’s FIDMarseille, winning a Special Mention.

Published on Monday 1 July 2013

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Director An van. Dienderen
Producers An van. Dienderen
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