"It’s a perfect embodiment of its combination of realist elements and strange visions, historical concerns and waking dreams... an invigorating translation of writing to the animated form." - Kambole Campbell, Sight and Sound

"Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is an impressive achievement, a piece of storytelling which balances moments of flighty whimsy against deeper existential questions, marking Foldes as a talent to watch in the world of adult-skewed animation." - Wendy Ide, Screen International

Composer Pierre Foldes makes a richly rewarding film debut with this animated feature adapted from a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami. Tokyo, a few days after the 2011 tsunami. Kyoko suddenly leaves her husband Komura who takes a week’s leave to deliver a mysterious box to two young women. Meek bureaucrat Katagiri returns home one evening to find a giant frog demanding his help to save Tokyo from an earthquake. Cleverly weaving together multiple storylines and animation techniques, the film brings Murakami’s playful, surrealist tales to vivid life.