WOMAN OF THE DUNES
When teacher Junpei Niki (Eiji Okada, Hiroshima Mon Amour, The Ugly American) misses his last bus home after a day out collecting insects on a remote stretch of coast, he takes shelter in a young widow's hut. The woman (Kyoko Kishida) lives in a house at the bottom of a sandpit accessible only by a rope ladder. Junpei quickly finds himself trapped like one of his insects in the woman's home, where incessantly creeping grains of sand can only be slowed through constant shoveling. Junpei is forced into an uneasy life with the woman, fighting back the sand that threatens to engulf them.
Out of this surreal scenario director Hiroshi Teshigahara builds an atmospheric, highly charged and remarkably sensual exploration of the human condition. Adapted by Kobo Abe from his own novel and featuring a chilling, minimalist score by the great avant-garde composer Toru Takemitsu, Woman of the Dunes won a Special Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for two Academy Awards.