Japanese indie event gives Grand Prix to drama

TOKYO — The 31st Pia Film Festival, Japan’s oldest indie fest, awarded its Grand Prix to Masayuki Inoue’s coming-of-age drama “The Temperature of a Second” on Friday.

The second Grand Prix went to Ryu Izuka’s “In the Fog,” while three pics were awarded the special jury prize: Shoko Kondo’s “Ordinary Love,” Akihito Kajiya’s “Chain” and Hajime’s Ohata’s “A Big Gun.”

Chinese helmer Shujian Ren’s “My Lyrical Age” won the TBS-sponsored planning prize and the Imagica-sponsored technical prize while Tetsuichiro Tsuta’s “Dream Island” nabbed the audience award.

The 15-day fest screened 16 pics in competition, with young Japanese helmers predominating.

Chaired by thesp Ryuhei Matsuda, the jury included helmer Nobuhiro Suwa, producer Atsuyuki Shimoda, novelist Shion Miura and helmer Daihachi Yoshida. 

Among out-of-competition pics was Yuya Ishii’s “Sawako Decides,” the 19th Pia Scholarship Film. Each year Pia competition winners are eligible to submit scripts for a Pia Scholarship Film, a feature made with Pia’s financial and production support and distribbed theatrically.

This year’s fest also featured screenings of three pics by Nagisa Oshima, together with lectures by helmers Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Koji Wakamatsu. A 17-pic retro dedicated to the work of Clint Eastwood also unspooled

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