Filmex to open with Cannes tribute

'To Each His Own Cinema' kicks off event

TOKYO — The Tokyo Filmex fest will open with “To Each His Own Cinema,” an omnibus of 35 shorts by well-known helmers made to commemorate this year’s 60th anniversary of the Cannes fest.

Unspooling from Nov. 17-25 at four venues in Tokyo, Filmex will feature a 10-pic competition for emerging Asian filmmakers that will include Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame,” Kim Hee-jung’s “The Wonder Years,” Takahashi Izumi’s “Musunde-Hiraite,” Kunitoshi Manda’s “The Kiss,” Lee Kong-sheng’s “Help Me Eros” and Kenneth Bi’s “The Drummer.”

The competition jury is headed by Korean helmer Lee Chang-dong, whose pic “Secret Sunshine” will close the fest. Other jury members are lenser Yutaka Yamazaki, helmer Isao Yukisada,  journalist and filmmaker Dorothee Wenner and Cannes programmer Christian Jeune.

Fest will also offer a 10-pic Special Screening section devoted to indie auteurs that includes Guy Maddin’s “Brand Upon the Brain,” Amos Gitai’s “Disengagement,” Jia Zhang-ke’s “Dong” and “Useless/Wuyong,” Michelange Quay’s “Eat, For This Is My Body,” Johnny To’s “Exiled,” Dariush Mehrjui’s “Santori” and Wong Fung’s classic 1972 martial-arts pic “Hapkido.”

Among the other sections are a 12-film retro dedicated to socially conscious Japanese helmer Satsuo Yamamoto and a four-pic mini-retro for Indian helmer Ritwik Ghatak.

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