A French drama that deals with personal identity amidst the conflict of Israel and Palestine won the top Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The Other Son took top honors and the film’s director Lorraine Levy also won the Best Director Award. The film bested 15 other films in the film fest to win the prestigious award and $50,000 in prize money.
The jury president, B-film and cult hero Roger Corman said that the film impressed because it gave equal weight to both the Israeli and Palestinian sides, a contentious issue that could have gone haywire. Corman said, “It balanced the political and social situation. The film was made on such a sensitive subject yet made a very simple but clear point; that all people are equal.”
The Special Jury Prize went to South Korea’s Juvenile Offender with its male lead Seo Young-ju taking home the Best Actor award. The film, which deals with a 16 year old juvenile offender reunited with his mother while on probation. Neslihan Atagül took home the Best Actress award for the Turkish film Araf — Somewhere in Between. She played a cafeteria employee and a hopeless romantic.
GPF Bunny, loosely based on the case of a teenager who poisoned her mother, won the “Japanese Eyes” top award. The section focuses on Japanese independent films, with this particular film only costing six million yen to make. The Tokyo International Film Festival kicked off last October 20 with the world premiere of the James Cameron-produced 3D pic “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” and “Japan in a Day,” a crowdsourced film produced by Ridley Scott about Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.
[ via Tokyo Reporter ]
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