TOKYO — The 35th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival will be expanded to officially screen 117 movies in the heart of the Japanese capital between Oct. 24 and Nov. 2, it was revealed at a Sept. 21 press conference to announce the lineup of titles.
The number of screening venues, centering on theaters in central Tokyo’s Yurakucho, Hibiya and Ginza districts, has been increased from last year’s edition, enabling 30% more titles to be shown. Japanese film “Fragments of the Last Will,” directed by Takahisa Zeze, will open the festival at Tokyo Takarazuka Theater with a red-carpet welcome.
Fifteen films — including the three Japanese works “By the Window,” directed by Rikiya Imaizumi, “Egoist,” directed by Daishi Matsunaga, and “Mountain Woman,” directed by Takeshi Fukunaga — have been selected for the Competition division. They will vie for the festival’s top prize, the Tokyo Grand Prix. This year, the section’s five jury members will be headed by American director and playwright Julie Taymor.
The festival’s chairman, Hiroyasu Ando, said, “We’re strengthening international exchanges and inviting many guests from overseas this time. I think it will be exciting.”
(Japanese original by Tomomi Katsuta, Cultural News Department)