Rainy Days

Rainy Days

                                Rainy Days
| 8 min

An elderly Japanese man boards a ferry bound for an unknown island. As he looks out over the water, the falling rain triggers a string of memories, including of a childhood experience in Fukuoka and a brief encounter many years later, aboard a smoke-filled seaside train. The only constant is the rain, a woman and Mount Fuji. When the man arrives on the island, it begins to pour, and a mysterious woman on a motorbike greets him…

Directed by Latvian filmmaker Vladimir Leschiov, Rainy Days looks at three key moments in its protagonist’s life, when events that should have happened never come to pass, yet change the course of his existence. The unique animation technique used to create the film, consisting of black tea and ink on paper and precise, delicate drawn lines, conjures a warm and tranquil atmosphere that mirrors the man’s graceful acceptance of his fate—and his awareness that all we have is what is.

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  • script
    Vladimir Leschiov
  • design
    Vladimir Leschiov
  • direction
    Vladimir Leschiov
  • original music
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • sound design
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • animator
    Liga Skirmane
    Vladimir Leschiov
    Kristine Zvirbule
    Lennart Langanki
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
  • executive producer
    René Chénier
  • producer
    Vladimir Leschiov
    Marc Bertrand