Dreaming Murakami


Scotiabank Theatre 4 Fri, Apr 27, 2018 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 10:00 AM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, May 4, 2018 4:15 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Denmark
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Writers
East Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Nitesh Anjaan
Producer(s):Signe Byrge Sørensen
Pernille Tornøe
Editor(s):Nikoline Løgstrup
Denniz Göl Bertelsen
Cinematography:Agapi Triantafillidis
Composer:Anna Rosenkilde
Sound:Andreas Sandborg


Discovering a writer can change a person's life. More than 20 years ago, Mette Holm read her first novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, who had yet to grow into one of the biggest names in contemporary literature—and it turned her world upside down. She has since become his official Danish translator, spending thousands of hours transcribing his bizarre and unique universe into her native language. As Holm travels to Japan, she introduces us to the mysteries of her craft, proving that her commitment to the novelist's vision has turned into a way of life. While Murakami himself always remains hidden—a conspicuous absence contributing to the film's delicate magic—the surreal and spellbinding atmosphere of his books slowly pervades reality, so we're not surprised when a giant talking frog appears in this dreamy love letter to the art of translation. Charlotte Selb

Co-presented with Toronto Japanese Film Festival.

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