Asian, MidEast pix dominate Filmex

'In Another Country,' 'Rhino Season' bookend Tokyo fest

TOKYO — The 13th Tokyo Filmex announced its line-up Wednesday. Skedded to unspool Nov. 23 to Dec. 2 in Tokyo, the art-oriented fest will open with Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo’s Cannes competition entry “In Another Country,” and close with exiled Iranian helmer Bahman Ghobadi’s “Rhino Season,” which preemed at Toronto.

The nine-film competition is heavy on pics from Asia and the Middle East, including Sharon Bar-ziv’s “Room 514,” which screened at Rotterdam and Tribeca, Emily Tang’s “All Apologies,” which was in competition at San Sebastian, and Song Fang’s “Memories Look at Me,” which won the best feature prize at Locarno.

The two local entries are Nobuteru Uchida’s “Odayaka,” a drama set in Tokyo at the time of last year’s devastating earthquake, and Izumi Takahashi’s “I Am Not the World You Want to Change,” a drama about an insurance salesman who joins a film crew.

Fest’s Special Screenings section will feature Kim Ki-duk’s Venice Golden Lion winner “Pieta,” and Wang Bing’s Venice Horizons winner “Three Sisters,” as well as “Bad Film,” cult fave Sion Sono’s new edit of an unfinished 1995 pic, and Tatsushi Omori’s “Bocchan,” a drama about a temp worker who begins to find life beyond Internet message boards.

The fest will also unspool a 19-film retro dedicated to Shochiku studio helmer Keisuke Kinoshita, whose 100th birthday anniversary is being celebrated this year. A contemporary of Akira Kurosawa, Kinoshita made Japan’s first Technicolor pic, the 1951 “Carmen Comes Home.”

Yet another special program will screen four classics of Israeli cinema.

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