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The Pillow Book

The Pillow Book

A Feature film by Peter Greenaway

Release in France : 15/01/1997

    Synopsis

    In Kyoto in the 1970s, a calligrapher delicately writes a greeting on his daughter's face on her birthday. When she becomes a woman, the daughter Nagiko remembers the event with excitement and searches hard to find an ideal calligrapher-lover to use her whole body as his paper. In Hong Kong she meets Jerome, an English translator, who convinces her that she should be the pen and not the paper - she should write on his body and he will carry her writing on his skin to a publisher.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, Alpha Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Vine International Pictures

    Foreign production company :

    Kasander & Wigman Productions

    French distribution :

    Pyramide Distribution

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    Subject

    "The encounter of two forms of calligraphy, one traditional, from the Orient and the other experimental, by the British director Peter Greenaway. The second uses the first as its stimulus for a more humane approach than in his most recent films and so returns to the inspiration of his most accomplished works ( "The Draughtsman's Contract, The Belly of an Architect") (...). A tale of love and death, "The Pillow Book" blends the filmaker's mathematical rigour with Japanese ceremonial, forms ties and discrepancies to create a work with stylistic harmony and striking themes. Andrée Putman's sets are magnified by Sacha Vierny's lighting and thus become the crucible of Greenaway's thoughts from which they seem to emanate." (Pascal Mérigeau, Le Nouvel Observateur)

    Full credits (8)

    Screenwriter :

    Peter Greenaway

    Director of Photography :

    Sacha Vierny

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Anne Guimet

    Production Designers :

    Wilbert Van Dorp, Andrée Putman

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    Netherlands, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Netherlands, France)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    15/01/1997

    Runtime :

    2 h 6 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.173

    Visa issue date :

    03/01/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)

    Selection

    Un Certain Regard