Writer-director Kaori Momoi’s 火 Hee has been selected as the opening film of the 14th Vladivostok Pacific Meridian International Film Festival (Sept. 10-16). 火 Hee, which marks Momoi’s second film as writer-director, has steadily gained attention on the international festival circuit.
The opening film honor continues Kaori Momoi’s relationship with the respected Russian festival. Momoi’s directing debut Faces of a Fig Tree – awarded the NETPAC prize in Berlin in 2007 – won acclaim at Vladivostok that year, receiving both Best Director and Best Actress accolades. Momoi also served on the international jury at Vladivostok the following year.