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The Kyoto International Film and Art Festival, which takes place from Oct. 15 to 18 in Japan’s ancient capital, began as a sort of challenge to the local film industry’s power center, Tokyo.

The festival’s first edition in 2014, held just before the bigger and longer-established Tokyo International Film Festival, highlighted not only many locally made films, going back to the silent days, but also the city’s rich and still-vibrant artistic tradition.

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