Drama nabs Grand Prize at film festival
TOKYO — Kohei Yamakawa’s “Your House” (Anta no Ie), a drama about an elderly couple, won the Grand Prize at the Pia Film Festival, which unspooled July 16-30 at the National Film Center in Tokyo.The fest, which started in 1977, has long been a launching pad for new helmers in Japan, from international cult fave Shion Sono and mainstream hitmaker Shinobu Yaguchi to wunderkind Yuya Ishii, whose 2009 dramady “Sawako Decides,” made with coin supplied by the Pia Scholarship program, has screened widely at fests abroad. Sho Kataoka’s “Mr. Jellyfish” was awarded the Second Grand Prize while the Special Jury Prize was split between Ayaori Abe and Natsuki Takahashi’s “Icarus at Noon,” Satori Hirohara’s “Good Morning World!!” and James Macfee’s “Tiger.” The sixteen pics screened in the PFF Award competition this year were selected from 527 entries.