Japanese film gets Horizons award
The Venice Film Festival’s cutting-edge Horizons section has awarded cult Japanese helmer Shinya Tsukamoto’s “Kotoko” its top nod for a feature-length work.Digitally shot pic about a mentally unstable single mother, played by Japanese singer Cocco, was praised by jurors for moving “freely through numerous genres to create an impressive representation of a woman’s fragile psychological state,” Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger scoopped the section’s Special Jury prize for docu “Whore’s Glory,” about sex workers in three different countries. This year Venice artistic director Marco Mueller opened up the section to works in different formats. The Horizons nod for best short film went to Italo helmers Felice D’Agostino and Arturo Lavorato’s “In Attesa Dell’Avvento,” a docu about Italy’s turbulent past. The Horizons prize for best medium-length work went to “Accidentes Gloriosos” co-directed by Argentina’s Mauro Andrizzi and Sweden’s Marcus Lindeen, comprising nine tales of death and transformation. There were two special mentions. One for “The Orator” by Samoan-born New Zealand-based Tusi Tamasese. His pic is touted as the first Samoan-language feature. The other for “All The Lines Flow Out” by helmer Charles Lim Yi of Singapore. The Horizons jury also picked the short “Hypercrisis” by Austria’s Josef Dabernig as the Venice short nominee for the European Film Awards. Separately, Venice’s independantly run Crititic’s Week awarded its nod to Italo helmer Guido Lombardi’s “La-Bas. A Criminal Education,” a gritty drama about illegal immigrants near Naples. The Critics’ Week nod, called Premio del Publico Kino, is awarded by the fest audience rather than a jury.