Friday, October 09, 2009

27th Tokyo International Film Festival

This year the other TIFF brings a complete program with many interesting films in several sections that include the Competition and one of my favorites Tied-Up Program: 22nd Tokyo International Women’s Film Festival with films created by female filmmakers. The fest runs from October 17 to 25.

Here are the films in Competition that were “carefully chosen from 743 nominated titles from 81 countries and regions”.

Acacia, Jinsei Tsuji, Japan, 2008
Dieci Inverni (Ten Winters), Valerio Mieli, Italy and Russia, 2009
Dom Zly (The Dark House), Wojtek Smarzowski, Poland, 2009
Easter Plays, Kamem Kalev, Bulgaria, 2009
天长地久 Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting, Li Fangfang, China, 2009
Himpapawid (Manila Skies), Raymond Red, Philippines, 2009
Huit Fois Debout (Eight Times Up), Xabi Molia, France, 2009 (interesting)
Ilusiones Opticas (Optical Illusions), Cristián Jiménez, Chile, Portugal and France, 2009
Rabia, Sebastian Cordero, Colombia and Spain, 2009
Road, Movie, Dev Benegal, India and USA, 2009
台北飄雪Snowfall in Taipei, Hugo Jianqi, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, 2009
Staten Island (Little New York), James DeMonaco, USA, 2008
Stories, Mario Iglesias, Spain, 2009
The Trotsky, Jacob Tierney, Canada, 2009
Zona Sur (Southern District), Juan Carlos Valdivia, Bolivia, 2009

To read film info and watch trailers go here.

Main Competition Jury
President Alejandro González Iñárritu, director
Mieko Harada, actress
Jerzy Skolimowski, director/actor
Caroline Champetier, director of photography
Yoo Ji Tae, actor/director
Masamichi Matsumoto, Director of Cinémathèque

To check juries for other awards go here.

The 22nd Tokyo International Women’s Film Festival will screen the following films

Girls of the Dark
Kinuyo Tanaka’s New Departure
Sisters on the Road
Mother’s Way Daughter’s Choice
Beautiful Islands
Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes), Agnès Varda, France, 2008 (documentary)
Der Rote Punkt (The Red Spot), Marie Miyayama, Japan and Germany, 2008

This section site is here but is available only in Japanese. You can check pics from films here and as you noticed, wasn't able to find more info for many of the above movies.

Other sections in the Main Program include

Special Screenings
Winds of Asia-Middle East
World Cinema
Natural TIFF

The Co-Hosted Program has the following sections

Bunka-Cho Film Week – Here & There
Minato Screening

Besides de Women’s fest, the Tie-Up Program also has the following sections

Korean Cinema Week 2009
Shorts Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2009 “Focus on Asia”
2009 Tokyo China Film Festival
German Film Festival in Tokyo – Horizonte 2009
Terra Madre –Mother Earth by Ermanno Olmi
The 2nd Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival
Tanabe-bennkei film festival 2009 (young directors from Asian countries)
Japan Location Market 2009
Case Study on Co-production project between Japan and Hong Kong
Akihabara Enta-Matsuri 2009 (Manga and animation)

If you’re interested in checking any of the above sections go here but most links are available only in Japanese.

As every year the TIFF has a very complete program for all tastes, genres and countries cinema.

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