The Tokyo International Film Festival has unveiled the full lineup of its 23rd edition, which runs October 23-31.
In addition to the previously announced competition titles, the world premiere of 98-year-old Japanese director Kaneto Shindo’s Post Card will vie for the Sakura Grand Prix.
Shindo, director of classics such as The Naked Island and Onibaba, stated that Post Card will be his final work in a directing career that began in 1951. The drama depicts the lives of local residents affected by the loss of their sons in WWII.
The selection follows the inclusion of Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, announced yesterday.The final title of the 15-title selection has yet to be announced. The Sakura Grand Prix carries a cash award of $50,000.
Joining competition jury chairman Neil Jordan are singer-actress Judy Ongg, producer Domenico Procacci, Korean director Hur Jin-ho, and Japanese director Kichitaro Negishi.
The 21-film special screenings section offers Japan premieres of upcoming releases. Titles include: Despicable Me, the Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow, Potiche, and a special presentation of 20 minutes from upcoming 3D release Tron: Legacy.
As previously reported on Screendaily.com TIFF will open with David Fincher’s The Social Network and close with Ben Affleck’s The Town.
The Winds Of Asia-Middle East program offers titles from across the continent — All About Love, The Tiger Factory and Indian action-romance Ravaan are among the screenings. Sub-programs include Taiwan Cinema Renaissance, which opens with box office hit Monga, and the previously reported retrospective commemorating the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birth.
The 8-film Japanese Eyes program opens with Yoichi Higashi’s Wandering Home, starring Tadanobu Asano and includes Naoki Hashimoto’s Birthright and Junichi Suzuki documentary 442 –Live With Honor, Die With Dignity-. Eastern Plays director Kamen Kalev will serve on the jury.
Other programs include Natural TIFF and the previously covered World Cinema section.
TIFF and the TIFFCOM market (Oct 25-28) are the centerpieces of the 17-event Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta). CoFesta and partner events span from September 16 to November 28 and include the Tokyo Game Show (Sept 16-19), Digital Contents Expo (Oct 14-17) and Tokyo International Anime Festival 2010 (Oct 22-23).
Tokyo International Film Festival Competition Lineup
And Peace on Earth, Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini (Italy)
Beautiful Boy, Shawn Ku (US)
Brighton Rock, Rowan Joffe (UK)
Flamingo No. 13, Hamid Reza Aligholian (Iran)
If The Seed Doesn’t Die, Sinisa Dragin (Romania-Serbia-Austria)
Intimate Grammar, Nir Bergman (Israel)
The Invisible Eye, Diego Lerman (Argentia-France-Spain)
Never Let Me Go, Mark Romanek (UK)
The Piano In A Factory, Zhang Meng (China)
Post Card, Kaneto Shindo (Japan)
Primary!, Iván Noel (Spain)
Sarah’s Key, Gilles Pacquet-Brenner (France)
Sketches Of Kaitan City, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Japan)
Zephyr, Belma Bas (Turkey)
*15th title TBA