Drama wins Grand Prix at film festival

“Eastern Plays,” Bulgarian helmer Kamen Kalev’s drama about two brothers brought together by an act of racial violence, which played in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, won the Grand Prix at the 22nd Tokyo Film Festival.

Kalev also scooped the director prize while star Christo Christov, on whose life the pic was based, received the actor award.

The special jury prize went to Sebastian Cordero’s Toronto fest-player “Rabia,” a Spanish-Columbian co-production about a killer who goes into hiding, while the audience award was given to another Toronto favorite, Jacob Tierney’s “The Trotsky,” a Canadian drama about a high school boy who thinks he is the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.

In the Winds of Asia section, the Asian-Middle Eastern film award went to Ounie Lecomte’s “A Brand New Life.” Mahsun Kirmizigul received a special mention for “I Saw the Sun.” The late Malaysian helmer Yasmin Ahmad, who died in July, was honored with the section’s special contribution award and three of her pics were screened in a special retro.

And in the Japanese Eyes section, Tetsuaki Matsue’s “Live Tape,” a documentary about a street musician shot in one 74-minute take, won the best picture award.  Some 41,771 people attended the fest’s 270 screenings. There were 278,339 visitors to the Tiffcom market and allied events.

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