A solitary man struggles to cultivate beauty in a desolate, post-apocalyptic world. Heartbroken, he drifts in and out of a haunting dream state, envisioning the promise of regeneration. ROSEWATER tells a story of hope sustained through perseverance, ritual, and, ultimately, revelation. Featuring striking black-and-white 16mm cinematography and evocative sound design, ROSEWATER is a master class in short-form visual and auditory storytelling.  

“A gorgeous visual poem”

Chicago Reader
Synopsis: 

A solitary man struggles to cultivate beauty in a desolate, post-apocalyptic world.  Heartbroken, he drifts in and out of a haunting dream state, envisioning the promise of regeneration. ROSEWATER tells a story of hope sustained through perseverance, ritual, and, ultimately, revelation. Featuring striking black-and-white 16mm cinematography and evocative sound design, ROSEWATER is a master class in short-form visual and auditory storytelling.  

ROSEWATER explores themes of cultural identity, masculinity and sustainability through a poetic and cinematic lens. This visually arresting and thought-provoking short film is an essential addition to courses in Filmmaking/ Cinematography, Asian American Studies, Visual Art, Gender Studies, Poetry, and American Culture.

Reviews

“Elegant and elegiac”

 

Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

“An impressive expressionistic piece filled with stark and vivid imagery, black and white cinematography of the highest order and truly memorably paced, a short dose of poetic storytelling of the highest order.”

Scott Dunhahel, Providence Monthly

“ROSEWATER by Kimi Takesue is a short that fully deserves the critical attention of a feature… ROSEWATER is a very formal film, arranged with the delicacy and power of a wave leaving its imprint in the sand.... In a short space the Director has used powerful tools to create a mythopoetic world that balances itself delicately against the savage modern landscape.Takesue Directed and Wrote this silent film and was Editor and Cinematographer as well. One more compliment…the use of sound in this film is outstanding. Sound is used to create brilliant transitions in the world Takesue creates. This is a film that is the work of a dedicated and serious filmmaker."

Rod Hewitt, TNT Roughcut.com