Zeffirelli, Wenders top Tokyo fest

TOKYO — The sixth Tokyo Intl. Film Festival and second Film Market (Sept. 24 to Oct. 3) announced on Aug. 24 its screenings lineup as well as confirming Franco Zeffirelli and Wim Wenders as jury members.

Italian director Zeffirelli will head the jury for the international competition. His film “Sparrow” will have its world premiere as the fest’s closing pic.

German director Wenders will act as head of the Young Cinema Competition, which offers cash prizes to the top three winners.

With “Sparrow” closing the fest, Renny Harlin’s “Cliffhanger” will open it. Other special invitees include French megahit comedy “Les Visiteurs,” directed by Jean-Marie Poire; Wenders’ “Far Away, So Close”; and Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”

Entries in the Young Cinema Competition include “Menace II Society” (Allen & Albert Hughes, U.S.); “Rebels of the Neon God” (Tsai Mingliang, Taiwan); “The Cherry Orchard” (Anna Tchernakova, Russia); “A Passing Season” (Gracia Guerejeta , Spain); and 10 others. TIFF received a total of 234 entries from 43 countries for this category.

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Thirteen will compete in the international section, including “Last Song” (Shigemichi Sugita, Japan); “The Sacred Night” (Nicolas Kotz, France); “The Vale Abraham” (Manoel de Oliviera, Portugal); and “Shadow of Dreams” (Lu Xiaowei, China). 246 entries from 40 countries were originally entered for preliminary judgment. Other categories include Nippon Cinema Now with fourteen films and the Best of Asian Film with 10 screenings.

In conjunction with the festival, several sponsored categories of screenings will also be held: 28 films in the “JACCS Card Tokyo Intl. Fantastic Film Festival ’93,” 16 screenings for the “Kanebo Intl. Women’s Film Week,” 25 films in “Selected Works of Japanese Film Masters” (sponsored by the National Film Center and the Agency for Cultural Affairs) and an Ozu retrospective (reviewing 35 of Yasujiro Ozu’s works sponsored by producer/distrib Shochiku).

Last year’s festival was attended by about 120,000. Organizers expect this year’s figure to reach 150,000. Some 223 companies representing 27 countries have signed on for the market.

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