Iranian action drama ‘World War III’, which won two awards at the recent Venice festival, will be featured as one of the main competition titles at next month’s Tokyo International Film Festival.
The festival will take place from October 24 as a personal event with foreign filmmakers, media and other guests. 2, 2022.
“World War III” is joined in the competition section by the world premiere of “Kaymak” by Milcho Manchevski, “Manticore” by Spanish director Carlos Vermut and “The Fabulous Ones” by Roberta Torre, “Tel Aviv Beirut” by Michale Boganim and the debut of Youssef Chebbi movie “Ashkal.”
The 15-member competition also includes two Japanese films Imaizumi Rikiya’s “By The Window” and Matsunaga Daishi’s “Egoist” and two Japanese co-productions, Fukunaga Takeshi’s “Mountain Woman”, and Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat’s “This Is What I Remember”. ”
The winners of the competition section are chosen by a jury chaired by Julie Taymor, along with Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Marie-Christine de Navacelle, Shim Eun-kyung and Katsumi Yanagijima.
The festival previously announced “Fragments of the Last Will,” a post-WWII POW drama directed by Zeze Takahisa as the opening title. The event will conclude with ‘Living’, directed by Oliver Hermanus and starring Bill Nighy. The film is an adaptation of Kurosawa Akira’s 1952 classic ‘Ikiru’, with a revised screenplay by Ishiguro Kazuo.
Gala screenings will go to 14 films from recent international festivals or major local titles slated for Japanese commercial release. They include: David O. Russell’s “Amsterdam”; Miura Daisukke’s “And So I’m At A Loss”; Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin”; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths”; Wai Ka-fai’s “Detectives vs Sleuths”; Olivia Wilde’s “Don’t Worry, Honey”; Alexander Sokurov’s “Fairy Tail”; Mark Mylo’s “The Menu”; Robert Eggers’ “The Norse”; “White Noise” by Noah Baumbach; Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Ennio” and three by Hiroki Ryuichi, “Motherhood,” “Phases of the Moon” and “2 Women.”
The Asian Future section of the festival consists of ten films, all world premieres. They include: “The Altman Method” by Nadav Aronowicz of Israel; “Butterflies only live one day”, by Mohammadreza Vatandous of Iran; “Garlic & Carnations” by Turkish Bekir Bulbul; “The Cord of Life”, by Qiao Sixue of China; “I ai”, by MahiTo The People of Japan; “A light never goes out by Anastasia Tsang from Hong Kong; “Opium”, by the Indian Aman Sachdeva; “A place of its own”, by India’s Ektara Collective; “Sayonara, Girls”, by Japan’s Nakagawa Shun; and ‘Suddenly’ by Melisa Onel from Turkey.
The festival moved to the Hibiya-Yurakucho-Ginza area in 2021, after operating from the Roppongi district for years. It functioned as a real event last year, but only received a few dozen foreign visitors due to strict border controls. The newly added Tokyo Takarazuka Theater will be home to the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony will take place at the Tokyo International Forum.
Despite the lowering of border controls, the TIFFCOM rights market that normally accompanies the festival will remain online only this year. It operates from October 25-27, 2022.