The 24th Tokyo Film Festival, which unspools Oct. 22-30, unveiled its lineup Wednesday.
In addition to the previously announced opener, “The Three Musketeers,” closer “Moneyball” and special opener “1911,” officials unveiled 15 competition titles selected from 975 entries from 76 countries.
Among the highlights are Tony Kaye’s school drama “Detachment,” starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu; Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Thai thriller “Headshot”; Du Jiayi’s Taiwan coming-of-age drama “Kora”; Oxide Pang’s 3D psycho-thriller “Sleepwalker”; and Michael Winterbottom’s India-set “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” reworking “Trishna.”
The only Japanese pic in the section is Shuichi Okita’s heart-warmer “The Woodsman and the Rain.”
Jury will be headed by veteran producer Edward Pressman.
The fest will also feature its usual Special Screening section devoted to upcoming commercial pics, Japanese Eyes section for local indie films, Winds of Asia for pics from East and Southeast Asia and Natural TIFF for eco-themed pics.
One big difference from previous editions is that, instead of new Hollywood pics, the Special Screenings section is largely devoted to Japanese, Korean and European titles, though Alex Stapleton’s documentary “Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel” and Nicole Kassell’s medical drama “A Little Bit of Heaven” provide U.S. flavor.Natural TIFF features two pics filmed in the northern Tohoku region worst hit by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown: Masahiro Kobayashi’s drama “Women on the Edge” and “KWN: Kids Witness News,” an eye-witness docu filmed by local children.Yet another disaster-inspired initiative is the Arigato Project, which aims to collect donations and messages for the victims and their communities.
The project will also hold a special screening on Oct. 25 in Sendai, a city in the heart of the disaster zone.
We want to use the power of films to support the people of Tohoku,” said fest chairman Tom Yoda.
Among other fest-sponsored events are a retro program dedicated to 1950s and 1960s screen legend Kyoko Kagawa, the Tiffcom market, which will unspool Oct. 24-26 with nearly 200 companies taking booths, and the UniJapan Entertainment Forum, which will present a wide-ranging lineup of seminars Oct. 23-28.