Japanese director was due to present Still the Water.

Director Naomi Kawase has cancelled her visit to the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

The Japanese filmmaker was due to present her latest film Still the Water (Futatsume no mado) but has called off the visit due to strikes at Air France, meaning she would not have made it to the festival on time.

Issuing an apology to the audience and festival organisers, Kawasi said she regretted not be able to attend “one of her favourite festivals in the world”.

Still the Water debuted in Competition at Cannes and is a coming-of-age tale as well as a mystery set on the subtropical Japanese island of Amami .