Skip City D-Cinema fest fetes ‘The Man’

Diritti's WWII pic wins Grand Prize at event

Helmer Giorgio Diritti’s WWII drama “The Man Who Will Come” won the Grand Prize in the international competition at Japan’s 7th Skip City D-Cinema Festival, which wrapped on Sunday.

The pic, which views Nazi atrocities through the eyes of a young Italian girl, also received a cash reward of ¥3 million ($34,700).

Director honors went to Chinese helmer Liu Jie for “Judge,” best screenplay went to Ralston G. Jover and Henry C. Burgos for “Children Metal Divers,” which Jover also directed.

The special jury prize was awarded to Nader T. Homayoun’s “Tehroun,” an Iran-France co-production.

The Skip City award for the Japanese filmmaker with the most potential as a helmer went to Keihiro Kanyama for “Seesaw.” The prize comes with free access to Skip City’s digital post-production facilities for the winner’s next feature.

The fest, specializing in digital cinema, unspooled at the Skip City media complex in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture, which includes broadcasting, post-production and database facilities.

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