credit © Sébastien Blais and Camille Demers-Lambert

On the occasion of the commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9), SPIRA and Metafilms announce that the documentary feature film Mama no himitsu by Laurence Lévesque (Port d’attache) has started shooting. The first images were filmed in Japan in mid-July by cinematographer Sébastien Blais. The crew, which also includes sound recordist Camille Demers-Lambert and the film’s main protagonist, Noriko Oi, will stay on the Japanese archipelago until September 3.

credit © Sébastien Blais and Camille Demers-Lambert

Mama no himitsu follows Noriko, a 60-year-old Canadian woman of Japanese origin who returns to her native land in the hopes of reviving her mother’s memories, Mitsuko, a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bomb, while preparing the sale of her childhood home.

About filmmaker Laurence Lévesque

In 2017, Laurence directed a narrative short film, Drap contour, which won the Audience Award at the Moonrise Festival, and the Best Drama Award at Festival 6 on Nebraska. She then directed Port d’attache (2019), a documentary short film. It was selected at the prestigious Visions du Réel festival, won the Best National Short or Medium-Length Film award at the RIDM, as well as was nominated for the Best Short Film award at the Gala Québec Cinéma. In 2022, Laurence completed a master’s degree, which had her reflecting on documentary filmmaking. Mama no himitsu is her debut feature.

MAMA NO HIMITSU – with the participation of Noriko Oi

Direction: Laurence Lévesque | Script: Laurence Lévesque | Cinematography: Sébastien Blais | Sound Recording: Camille Demers-Lambert | Score: Wilhelm Brandl | Editing: Marie-Pier Grignon | Producers: Rosaline Chicoine Perreault and Catherine Boily | Production: Metafilms | Distribution: SPIRA