Naomi (Maho Ukai), is a spoiled teenager from Nagoya whose parents send her off to the country for the summer to work at her aunt's inn. Firefly Dreams is a quietly confident first feature from writer-director John Williams. A film with a strong human appeal and emotional resnance.
Critic Reviews"Firefly Dreams" is a quietly confident and affecting first feature from Japan-based writer-director John Williams. Variety.
AwardsCinequest San Jose Film Festival, 2002. Winner of the audience favourite choice award for best dramatic feature. Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, 2001. Winner of the special mention prize for John Williams ‘for the human approach to a traditional Asian theme’ Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival, 2001. Winner of best feature.
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Toronto International Film Festival 2015 Winner of the International Critics' Award (FIPRESCI) - Special Presentations awarded to Jonás Cuarón
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'Firth's portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford's balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.' Time Out Magazine
'Colin, darling, you were fabulous, completely on trend. Plot? So last season, it's nowhere to be seen - we're all about character, emotion and cheekbones, sweetie.' Film 4
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BAFTA Awards 2010 Winner of a BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actor
AFI Awards, USA 2010 Winner of theAFI Award for Movie of the Year
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