Sixteen films by new directors will be screened in competition at the 13th Tokyo International Film Festival, which will begin Oct. 28, according to event organizers.
The 16 films, including pieces by Japanese directors Shin Togashi and Hideaki Anno and a work directed by U.S. actor Edward Norton, will compete for awards.
The five-member jury will be headed by German director Volker Schlondorff, who made the 1979 award-winning film “The Tin Drum.”
In addition to the 16 works by new directors, 130 films from around the world will be shown at theaters and halls in Tokyo’s Shibuya district during the nine-day festival.
The festival’s special screenings will feature 15 films, with the curtain raiser being the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle “The 6th Day” and the closing film “Charlie’s Angels,” featuring Cameron Diaz.
Both actors will attend the event.
Toshihiko Ishida, president of film company Toho Co., has succeeded Yasuyoshi Tokuma, president of the publisher Tokuma Shoten, who died last Wednesday, as the festival’s general producer.
Tokuma, the producer of such well-known animated films as “Mononoke Hime” (“Princess Mononoke”) and “Tonarino Totoro” (“My Neighbor Totoro”), had run the festival since 1991.
The Tokyo film festival was first held in 1985 and took place every two years until 1991, when it became an annual event.
Last year, “Heian zhi guang” (“Darkness and Light”), a Taiwanese film depicting a young woman’s tragic love affair and directed by Chang Tso-chi, won the top prize — the Tokyo Grand Prix.
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