Tokyo Filmex hasannounced the line-up for its seventh edition.
Festivaldirectors and programmers Kanako Hayashi and Shozo Ichiyama have selected ninefilms to compete for a Grand Prize of $8,500 (Y1m). The titles include Close To Home by debut directors DaliaHager and Vidi Bilu, Half Moon from Iraniandirector Bahman Ghobadi, Mani Haghighi's MenAt Work (based on a story by Abbas Kiarostami), Bayram Fazli's action film Have You Another Apple', DjamshedUsmonov's To Get to Heaven First You Haveto Die, Auraeus Solito's The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (the festival'sfirst feature from the Phillipines), TheOther Half from Chinese director Ying Liang, Han Jie's WalkingOn The Wild Side, and The Happinessfrom local film-maker Masahiro Kobayashi.
As previouslyannounced Jia Zhangke's Golden Lion-winning StillLife will be the opening film. The closing film will be Tsai Ming-liang's I Don't Want to Sleep Alone, which alsoscreened in competition at
The competitionjury's five members are led by Pusan International Film Festival director KimDong-ho, Japanese film-maker Nobuhiro Suwa, film critic Chris Fujiwara, Koreanproducer Oh Jung-wa, and film editor Tomoyo Oshima.
The SpecialScreenings section includes
"I'm very happythat my film will screen at Filmex, a festival that I love," said Kurosawa attoday's press conference.
Filmex will alsopresent two films by late Swiss director Daniel Schmid and a 12-filmretrospective on legendary Japanese director Kihachi Okamoto, which is alreadyset to travel to next year's Berlin Film Festival.
Tokyo Filmex runsNov 17-26 in Tokyo's Yurakucho and Kyobashi districts.