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Cuba’s ‘Behavior’ Wins Skip City Digital Festival in Japan

TOKYO – “Behavior,” Cuban director Ernesto Daranas Serrano’s drama about an 11-year-old boy who raises pit bulls, won the feature Grand Prize at Japan’s SKIP City International D-Cinema Festival.

The 12th edition of the pioneering festival devoted to digital cinema unspooled July 18-26 in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, a city within commuting distance of Tokyo. Among other winners were Mexican filmmaker Jorge Perez Solano, who received a best director award for feature competition entry “La Tirisia.” Mark Noonan won the screenplay award for Irish drama “You’re Ugly Too.”

The SKIP City Award for best Japanese film went to Hanae Uchida’s documentary “For the Love of Life: Living for Tomorrow.”

Started in 2004 to highlight films shot in the digital format, SKIP City limits itself to films by directors with fewer than four feature credits. The festival also presented competitions for domestic live-action and animated shorts.

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