Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: Elle Driver Takes Sales on Miwa Nishikawa's 'The Long Excuse'

Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: Elle Driver Takes Sales on Miwa Nishikawa's 'The Long Excuse'

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Paris-based Elle Driver has snapped up international sales on Japanese director Miwa Nishikawa's heart-warming drama The Long Excuse ahead of its world premiere in Toronto's Special Presentations strand.

Popular Japanese actor Masahiro Matoki - best known internationally for his performance in the 2008 Oscar-winning film Departures - plays Sachio Kinugasa, a popular writer coming to terms with the death of his wife in a bus crash alongside a friend.

Sachio had long checked out of his loveless marriage and was with another woman at the moment of his wife's death so he has to fake his grief to keep up appearances.

The true implications of his loss are brought into sharp relief, however, when Sachio meets the devastated husband of his wife's friend and offers to look after their children so the latter - a truck-driver - can go back to work.

It is the first feature from writer-director Nishikawa - who became a director under the guidance of Hirokazu Koreeda - since her 2012 work Dreams For Sale, which also screened at Toronto. …

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