Mexican title Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros), directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, was awarded the Grand Prix at the 13th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which ended on Sunday (November 5). Inarritu also took the Best Director Award.
Other top awards at the festival went to Stuart Blumberg, who took the best screenplay award for Ed Norton's Keeping The Faith, Jennifer Jason Leigh, who won best actress for The King Is Alive, directed by Denmark's Kristian Levring, and Moussa Maaskri who scooped the best actor award for French title Mondialito, directed by Nicolas Wadimoff.
Love's A Bitch also received The Governor of Tokyo Award. This year marked the first time that the festival's competition section was limited to directors' first, second and third films.
The Asian Film Award was given to Kazakhstan title Three Brothers directed by Serik Aprymov. The award, established in 1997 to encourage the development of the Asian film industry, was accompanied by a $9,400 (Y1m) cash prize. Asian films screening in the main competition section, Cinema Prism or the Nippon Cinema Now programmes were eligible for the award.
South Korean title Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, directed by Hong Sang-soo, received a special mention from the Asian Film Award jury. The film also took the special jury prize in the main competition.
Full list of winners:
Tokyo Grand Prix:
Love's A Bitch (Amores Perros)
Dir: Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
Special Jury Prize:
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors
Dir: Hong Sang-soo
Best director award:
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu - Love's A Bitch
Best screenplay award:
Stuart Blumberg - Keeping The Faith
Dir: Ed Norton
Best performance by an actress in a leading role:
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The King Is Alive
Dir: Kristian Levring
Best performance by an actor in a leading role:
Moussa Maaskri - Mondialito
Dir: Nicolas Wadimoff
Best artistic contribution award:
One More Day
Dir: Babak Payami (Iran)
Dir: Hideaki Anno (Japan)
Asian Film Award:
Dir: Serik Aprymov
Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors
Dir: Hong Sang-soo