Tokyo FILMeX awarded its top prize, the Kodak Vision Award, to Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Blissfully Yours at its competition awards ceremony on December 8.
A drama about an unusual love triangle that develops between Myanmarese immigrants in Thailand, the film was also winner of the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
In presenting the Kodak Vision Award, which is accompanied by a $8,130 cash proze (Y1m), jury chairman Ang Sung-ki praised the film for "not conforming to usual narrative conventions" and "showing a high degree of creativity."
The Special Jury Prize went to Angel On the Right, the feature debut by Tajikistani director Djamshed Usmonov. A drama about a man who returns to Tajikistan from Moscow to care for his dying mother, the film was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes this year.
The jury awarded a special mention to Korea director Park Jin-pyo's debut feature Too Young To Die. "We wanted to give more courage to this outstanding young filmmaker," said Ahn. The audience award went to Ambivalent Future: Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Kenjiro Fuji's documentary about the making of Kurosawa's new feature Bright Future, which was also the festival's opening film.
Now in its third edition, Tokyo FILMeX was held from December 1 to 8 at three venues in Tokyo