Private Project


There is a freshman girl (Anna Hattori), who is in love with a "Senpai”(a senior boy). But she is too shy to get close to him, because she has a condition that she is deaf and she doesn’t want him to know about it. She keeps this secret about herself, and she gives a letter to him and they start exchanging letters with each other. She is very shy and cannot speak in real life. But she is very creative and has a fertile imagination. She can express herself through letters and she feels free. But he realizes she is deaf later on..... Can people reach out to each other without the sound of voices? And can imagination make a life rich even if you have a disability?

  • Hiroyuki Oda
  • Hiroyuki Oda
  • Hiroyuki Oda
  • Anna Hattori
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romance, Disability
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    500,000 JPY
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  • The Buddha International Film Festival
    June 10, 2017
    India premiere
    Best Screenplay
  • Caribbean Film Festival & Market
    June 12, 2017
  • Chaktomuk Short Film Festival
    Phnom Penh
    October 25, 2017
    Official Selection
  • WorldFest Houston
    United States
    May 6, 2018
    North America
    Winner Platinum Remi Award
Director Biography - Hiroyuki Oda

“Hiroyuki Oda” was born on November 4th, 1972 in Tokyo. After studying History at University in Tokyo, he packed his bags and moved to London and lived there for 4 years. Then he decided to move to LA and spent 2 years there.
After returning to Tokyo, he studied at “The Film School of Tokyo”, where Kiyoshi Kurosawa taught and also studied photography under Masato Seto. H.Oda is also a high school teacher and teaches a film studies class at a high school in Japan with director, Nobuhiro Suwa.
H.Oda has worked as a film director on a variety of productions and has held solo exhibitions as a photographer.

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Director Statement

I made a film “une élève(Schoolgirl)” with my student of "Konan High School" where I worked as a teacher. This film project started as a part of an educational project as an out of class creative activity. All students had no acting experience. The film, “une élève(Schoolgirl)” is a film work made by a regular school teacher and his students. And “une élève(Schoolgirl)” is also a homage to legendary Japanese writer, Osamu Dazai’s “Joseito” (However, it has nothing to do with the story).