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‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ to Open Tokyo Festival

‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ to Open Tokyo
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

The Tokyo International Film Festival will open with Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant will be present for the opening night screening at the festival’s 29th edition.

The festival will unspool in the Roppongi district of Tokyo and other locations Oct. 25-Nov. 3.
This year the festival’s main venue will shift to the EX Theater Roppongi, which will host both the opening and closing films.

Distributed by Gaga in Japan, “Jenkins” had its world premiere in April in London and has since been released in the U.K., France and the U.S.

Closing the festival will be “Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow,” Yoshitaka Mori’s drama about shogi (Japanese chess) master who battles a fatal illness together with elite opponents in his quest to stand at the top of the game. Based on a true story, the film stars Kenichi Matsuyama as title hero Satoshi Murayama. Both Matsuyama and co-star Masahiro Higashide will be on hand when the film makes it world premiere on Nov. 3. Kadokawa is the local distributor.

TIFFCOM, the festival’s affiliated TV and film market will be held Oct. 25-27 at the Grand Pacific Le Daiba hotel in the Tokyo Bay area.

TIFF will announce the remainder of its line-up, including its international competition, on Sept. 26.