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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.

  • script
    Vladimir Leschiov
  • design
    Vladimir Leschiov
  • direction
    Vladimir Leschiov
  • original music
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • sound design
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • musician
    Denis Chartrand
    Bernard Cormier
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
    Éric Lagacé
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • animator
    Liga Skirmane
    Vladimir Leschiov
    Kristine Zvirbule
    Lennart Langanki
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • digital imaging specialist
    Pierre Plouffe
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
  • marketing manager
    Christine Noël
  • administrator
    Diane Régimbald
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
    Michèle Labelle
  • executive producer
    René Chénier
  • producer
    Vladimir Leschiov
    Marc Bertrand


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Ages 14 to 18

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Diversity - Identity
Media Education - Film Animation

Ideal for classes and projects on storytelling and visual narratives. Describe the tone of this film. What is the filmmaker trying to get across in the different settings? Recreate the story of the protagonist’s life. What is happening in each of his memories? Identify the historical and cultural signifiers in the film. Write the story of a character’s life based on three events over the course of their life. What connects the three events?

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