Relationship drama wins grand prize at fest

Nobuteru Uchida’s relationship drama “Love Addiction” won the grand prize Sunday at the 11th edition of the Tokyo Filmex.

Pic, about the tangled love lives of four young Tokyoites, was made for about the same amount Uchida scooped for the prize: $12,000. The jury, headed by Berlinale Forum founder Ulrich Gregor, praised the helmer for making “a film of great power of expression with very limited financial means.”

Uchida’s first feature, the 2007 “Kazaana,” picked up several domestic awards, and was selected for the Vancouver fest’s Dragons and Tigers competition. “Love Addiction” is his third.

Special jury prize went to Chinese helmer Hao Jie’s “Single Man” for what the jury described as its “nonjudgmental treatment of carnal desire and social problems in the Chinese countryside today.”

Aud nod was given to Kazuhiro Soda’s docu “Peace,” about caregivers of the elderly and disabled in Okayama, Japan.

Trophy for project in Filmex’s Next Masters program, which invites 20 young Asian filmmakers for a week of lectures, discussions and project presentations, went to Singaporean Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo.”

Held for nine days at four venues, Tokyo Filmex screened 10 Japanese and Asian pics in its competition and 12 pics from Japanese and international helmers in its Special Screenings section. Fest also featured a section of three pics by Israeli helmer Amos Gitai and a retro program of classic pics from the 1950s and ’60s from the Shochiku studio.

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