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‘Darkness’ lights up Tokyo

Chang pic sweeps nods

TOKYO — Taiwanese director Chang Tso-chi was the toast of the 12th Tokyo Intl. Film Festival as his movie about a university coed returning to her hometown for summer vacation called “Darkness and Light” swept the major awards.

Chang’s film took the Tokyo Grand Prix for best picture and he won the Asian Film Award for the best movie from the region. To top off the honor roll, Chang took home 10 million yen ($94,400) for the best young director award called the Tokyo Gold Prize.

Chang had left Tokyo by the time the awards were handed out to work on his next project but said in a faxed message: “I love to use nonprofessional actors in my films … They make me feel as though I can go back and forth between the real world and that of fiction.”

“Darkness and Light” tells the tale of the student’s family, which includes a brother who is mentally handicapped and a father who is blind, as she finds love during her brief trip home.

Among the other winners were Martha Fiennes, who took the best director award for “Onegin.” The pair of Carlos Alvares-Novoa and Maria Galiana won the respective best actor and actress awards for the Spanish film “Alone.”