Tibetan Tale ‘Tharlo’ wins Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize

TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.)

The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was Busan festival director Lee Young-kwan.

The special jury prize went to Chinese director Zhao Liang’s drama “Behemoth” about migrant workers in Inner Mongolia. Special mentions were given to Vimukthi Jayasundara’s Sri Lankan ensemble drama “Dark in the White Light” and Yosuke Okuda’s underworld crime drama “The Dork, the Girl and the Douchebag,” the only Japanese entry in the 10-film Competition.

The festival, which specializes in Asian, Japanese and European arthouse fare, opened with Sion Sono’s “The Whispering Star” and closed with Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains  May Depart.” Special sections were devoted to French comedy master Pierre Etaix and Taiwanese directors Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang.

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    TOKYO — “Tharlo,” Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s drama about a shepherd’s encounter with the big city and love, was Saturday awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Filmex (Nov. 21-29.) The film premiered in this year’s Venice Orrizonte section and was later screened the Busan International Film Festival. The jury chairman was […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content