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‘No puedo’ wins Skip City festival

Sauvaire nabs directing prize for 'Johnny'

TOKYO — Taiwanese pic “No puedo vivir sin ti” won the Grand Prize at the Skip City Intl. D-Cinema Festival, which unspooled July 10-20 at the Skip City media complex in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture.

The pic, helmed by Leon Dai, tells the story of an uneducated, unemployed man and his young daughter living happily on the docks, until the authorities intervene. It also took top honors at the recently ended Taiwan Film Festival.

The best director award went to Jean-Stephane Sauvaire for the French-Belgian co-prod “Johnny Mad Dog,” while the best screenplay prize was awarded to Mariana Chenillo for her work on the Mexican drama “Nora’s Will,” and the special jury prize to “Here and There,” a Serbian, German and U.S. co-prod. Finally the Skip City Award for the Japanese director showing the most potential was given to Kazuya Shiraishi for his pic “Lost Paradise.”

The main competition jury prexy was Mataichiro Yamamoto, while other jury members were In-Ah Lee, Orlow Seunke, Paul Raphael and Kei Haruna. All five are producers.

In the Domestic Short Length Competition, the best picture prize went to Kiyoshi Endo’s “A Stone of the Sun,” while honorable mention went to Hideto Nakata’s “Elemi” and Shigeru Okada’s “Goldfish,” and the special jury prize to Gosuke Tsuchida’s “Disposing Your Relic — Mirai-do” and Hiroaki Mimii’s “Mm mo Cm mo.”

The shorts competition jury prexy was producer Shoji Masui, while other members were producer John Williams, producer Hiromi Aihara and critic Yuma Matsukawa.

Launched in 2004, the Skip City fest was the first in the world to specialize in D-Cinema. For the 6th and latest edition, the fest screened 15 pics in its international feature competition and 11 in its domestic shorts competition, as well as pics in its Current D-Cinema, Special Screening, Gala Screening and Camera Crayon kids’ pic section.

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