TropicalMalady - this year's Cannes special jury prize winner, has won the Grand Prizeat the fifth edition of the FILMeX festival in Tokyo.
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakulwon a $9,000 cash prize (Y1m) for the second time, after winning the prize withBlissfully Yours in 2002.
The Special Jury Prize"Kodak Vision Award (with a purse of $4,500) and the Audience Award (witha purse of $4,500) both went to Iran's Turtles Can Fly.
Set in Iraq a few weeksbefore the US attack, Baham Ghobadi's third feature after Songs Of MyMotherland (2002) and A Time For Drunken Horses (2000) portrayschildren who dig up and sell land mines to the UN forces.
The jury was chaired byJapanese film historian Donald Richie, former Rotterdam festival director SimonField, Japanese documentary director Sumiko Haneda, Korean actress Moon So-riand Canadian film scholar James Quandt.
Celebrating its fifthanniversary this year (Nov 20-28), Tokyo FILMeX kicked off with the screeningof Japanese director Akihiko Shiota's Canary and closed with Canadiandirector Guy Maddin's Dracula: Pages from A Virgin's Diary.
The festival screened 10films in competition and special screenings included retrospectives of Japanesedirector Tomu Uchida, Hungarian director Body Gabor and Guy Maddin.
"The reason we launched TokyoFILMeX was to set up 'the real international film festival' in Tokyo," saidMasayuki Mori, the president of Office Kitano who established Tokyo FILMeX in2000 together with the festival director Kanako Hayashi and the programmingdirector Shozo Ichiyama.