'Cove' director claims film rejected by event

TOKYO — Mexican helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was named competition jury prexy by the Tokyo Film Festival on Monday.

Inarritu’s connection with the fest goes back to his first pic, “Amores Perros,” which won the Grand Prix at the fest’s 13th edition in 2000.

Inarritu also filmed a segment of his 2006 multi-story drama “Babel” in Tokyo, while Japanese thesp Rinko Kikuchi was Oscar nommed in the supporting actress category for her perf as a hearing-impaired girl in the pic.

The fest has yet to announce the lineup for its 22nd edition, which will unspool Oct. 17-25. In a piece on the controversial docu “The Cove” for the Salon website, writer Katharine Mieszkowski said that Tokyo has already rejected the pic, which depicts the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. A fest rep, however, denied that a decision has yet been made: “We’re still in the process of sorting out our lineup — there will be an official announcement in September.”

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