×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tokyo film fest spotlight on Arnie, ‘Charlie’

Grand Prix award to help promote fresh talent

TOKYO — The 13th edition of the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival, running Oct. 28- Nov. 5, will feature a record number of world premieres, including the first public unspooling of Arnold Schwarzenegger pic “The Sixth Day.”

The Tokyo fest, Asia’s largest, will screen about 146 films, with “The Sixth Day” opening and “Charlie’s Angels” closing the event.

Schwarzenegger, known as “Shuwa-chan” in Japan, will be on hand for the festivities, as will “Charlie’s Angels” stars Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu as well as Hong Kong film giants Chow Yun-fat and Tony Leung.

Fest has changed its award system this year and will focus on directors who have made three or fewer films. Aimed at helping promising young talent, the Grand Prix award carries a cash prize of ¥10 million ($93,500).

Norton shows ‘Faith’

Among the 16 movies in competition at Tokyo are “The King Is Alive” from director Kristian Levring, Mateo Gil’s “Nobody Knows Anything,” Babak Payami’s “One More Day” and Edward Norton’s “Keeping the Faith.”

“We used to give awards to young directors and overall awards, but this year we wanted to direct our attention to promoting new talent,” said fest spokeswoman Hiroko Usui.

The festival has special sections to showcase new movies in Asia as well special presentations of new Latin American films, Russian animation and British short films.

On the business side, the Tokyo Film Creator’s Forum marks a chance for directors and producers to strike international production and distribution deals. One of the movies that made it to overseas markets from a deal struck at the Tokyo fest is the low-budget but highly acclaimed Japanese pic “Afterlife.”

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • 'Talking About Trees' Helmer Suhaib Gasmelbari

    'Talking About Trees' Director Suhaib Gasmelbari Receives Variety MENA Award

    Suhaib Gasmelbari, whose Sudanese documentary “Talking About Trees” premiered in the Berlinale’s Panorama section, received the Variety Middle East and North Africa Region Talent Award Saturday at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt from festival director Intishal Al Timimi. Variety critic Jay Weissberg, who selected the honoree, said that it is not usual that [...]

  • Josefina-Molina

    Josefina Molina: Still Battling After All These Years

    SAN SEBASTIAN  — She isn’t done yet. The battling character of Josefina Molina, winner of Spain’s 2019 National Cinematography Prize, was glimpsed in her acceptance speech at the San Sebastian Festival on Saturday. She used part to thank those who had given crucial help, such as, among women, editors Nieves Martin (1981’s “Función de Noche,” [...]

  • Suro

    Lastor, ‘The Endless Trench’s’ Irusoin, Malmo Team for Mikel Gurrea’s ‘Suro’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    SAN SEBASTIAN – Barcelona-based Lastor Media and Malmo Pictures have teamed with San Sebastian’s Irusoin to produce “Suro” (The Cork), the feature debut of Mikel Gurrea and a product of San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak program. The film stars Laia Costa, who broke through with Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” and also serves as executive producer, and Pol López [...]

  • Ane

    Madrid’s ECAM Incubator Develops Terrorism Drama 'Ane'

    SAN SEBASTIAN — For the second year in a row, the ECAM Madrid Film School has paired a number of up-and-coming filmmakers with various industry veterans for an Incubator program part of the school broader development arm called The Screen. For its initial edition in 2018, this Incubator selected five feature projects, putting the selected [...]

  • Roma Cinematography

    'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' and 'Roma' Win LMGI Awards for Motion Pictures

    Two major 2018 releases – actioner “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and critics’ darling “Roma” – were honored for film location work by the Location Managers Guild International at a ceremony this evening at the Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica. The 6th Annual LMGI Awards also recognized “Chernobyl” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” [...]

  • Soho House

    Soho House Lands In Downtown Los Angeles

    Warner Music, Spotify and Lyft are poised to welcome a new neighbor to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District with Soho Warehouse, the third California outpost of the Hollywood-loved members-only club — and the largest North American opening to date. Hot on the heels of the Soho House Hong Kong debut earlier this summer, the private [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content