AN is a Un Certain Regard nominated film centering around a small bakery serving pastries filled with red bean paste (“an”) known as dorayakis. When an old lady named Tokue offers to help in the kitchen, bakery owner Sentaro hesitantly accepts. Tokue’s secret “an” recipe leads the small business to success, and with this, the two characters new connection will lead both to open up and reveal old wounds. AN is a bittersweet tale of new beginnings, past mistakes and cherry blossom. It explores the beauty of the Japanese landscape as well as culinary diversity.

Naomi Kawase

Kirin Kiki
Masatoshi Nagase
Kyara Uchida