The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival has unveiled its new theme and revealed the six films that will be making their world premiere at the region’s most prestigious film event. The festival, while still promoting ecological awareness, shifts its focus to the films themselves.
According to festival chairman Yasushi Shiina, the heart-shaped logo of the film shows that they “cherish the soul of each film”. Among the movies making their world premieres during the film fest are Koji Fukada’s “Au revoir l’ été,” Iran’s Behnam Behzadi’s “Bending the Rules,” and China’s Ning Ying’s “To Live and Die in Ordos.” The festival will open on October 17, with most of the screenings to be held at the Roppongi Hills complex, and with 15 films vying for the “Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix” prize plus a $50,000 cash prize. Heading the jury tasked with the difficult task of choosing the winners is Chinese director Chen Kaige. He says that he is looking for more than just good films and is looking for one that has a “unique personal understanding of the world.”
Opening the festival will be the action-thriller movie “Captain Phillips”, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, which is about the 2009 Somali pirates’ hostage-taking incident aboard the Maersk Alabama. It will be part of the “Special Screenings” section, which also includes Sofia Coppola’s controversial “The Bling Ring” and Steven Soderbergh’s award-winning biopic of Liberace, “Behind the Candelabra”. Koki Mitani’s historical comedy “The Kiyosu Conference” will be the closing film for the festival.
[ via Tokyo Reporter ]
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