CANNES, FRANCE – Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa was awarded the Best Director Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the annual Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
Kurosawa’s “Kishibe no Tabi” (“Journey to the Shore”) was among 19 films from 21 countries screened in the section.
The Japanese film, based on the namesake novel by writer Kazumi Yumoto, depicts a man who dies after vanishing but returns to the real world to go on a journey with his wife, and strengthen their bonds.
At the awards ceremony, Kurosawa, 59, said winning the prize was a “huge surprise.”
He said the jury found brightness in the modest and humble film, which will be released in Japan Oct. 1 and France this fall.
In 2008, Kurosawa’s “Tokyo Sonata” won the jury prize in the same section, which was introduced to foster young talent and provide financial aid to distribute innovative works in France.
“Hrutar” (“Rams”), directed by Grimur Hakonarson of Iceland, won the section’s top prize this year, while the Jury Prize went to Croatian director Dalibor Matanic for “The High Sun” (“Zvizdan”).