The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will open the red carpet for the first time in three years as the event looks to return with two relatively light versions held during the pandemic.
Fest president Hiroyasu Ando said at a live press conference that he expected about 100 foreign guests and participants to attend. A very limited number of visitors made the trip for the last two events.
The Japanese government has maintained tighter restrictions on its borders for longer than most other countries, and the daily limit of 50,000 domestic travelers remains in place. Further easing is expected by the time the carnival ends, with a parliamentary discussion of border controls set for tomorrow.
TIFF will also revive the Kurosawa Akira Award, given to filmmakers for their contributions to global cinema, after a 14-year hiatus. Previous recipients include Steven Spielberg, Yamada Yoji and Chen Kaige.
Kurosawa is “not only the most famous filmmaker in Japan,” but also “a symbol of the connection between Japan’s film industries and the rest of the world,” Ando said, explaining why. why the prize was revived.
Screenings of 110 films, up about a third from last year, selected from nearly 1,700 entries, will take place around the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza-Marunouchi area, which moved in last year after a while long in the Roppongi Hills complex.
Asia and the Middle East had strong representation in the competition, with 10 out of 15 films selected, eight of which were world premieres, introduced from the region, or co-produced with film producers. countries in that region of the world.
Jury President Julie Taymor will be joined by Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung, Portuguese director Joao Pedro Rodrigues, France’s Marie-Christine de Navacelle and local cinematographer Katsumi Yanagijima.
The selection gala will feature 16 films from around the world, including Olivia Wilde’s to be premiered in Japan. Don’t worry, baby and David O. Russell’s Amsterdamalong with the previously announced opening by Takahisa Zeze Fragments of the Last Testament and acted in the movie Oliver Hermanus’s Life.
Ten films from across Asia and the Middle East, all of which have already premiered worldwide, will screen in the Future of Asia category for potential directors, while anime will again be honored with mix of new and classic works.
Actress Ai Hashimoto will be the festival’s ambassador for the second year in a row.
“If I can boldly state my hopes for the festival, it will become a beacon for all fervent film lovers who are forced to make films despite the circumstances. dire they face, and those trying to change Hashimoto say.
The TIFF Lounge events during the festival period, which will also welcome returning foreign guests, will include showcases with directors Tsai Ming-liang, Koji Fukada and Milcho Manchevski. Meanwhile Genki Kawamura – megahit anime producer Your name Whose directorial debut? One hundred flowers currently in theaters – will appear in two special talk shows.
TIFF will run from October 24 to November 2, with the TIFFCOM content marketplace taking place online from October 25 to 27.