The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled six world premieres in the competition section of its upcoming 29th edition.
Among the six in the 16-film competition section are Chris Kraus’s Holocaust-themed drama “The Bloom of Yesterday” (Germany/Austria), Jun Robles Lan’s transgender drama “Die Beautiful” (Philippines), Mei Feng’s wartime drama “Mr. No Problem” (China) and Roy Szeto’s comedy “Shed Skin Papa” (Hong Kong/China). The sole U.S. representative in competition is the Adam Leon comedy “Tramps,” which premiered at Toronto. They join the two previously announced Japanese titles, Daigo Matsui’s “Japanese Girls Never Die” and Kiki Sugino’s “Snow Woman.”
Other competition highlights are Croatian director Hana Jusic’s debut feature “Quit Staring at My Plate,” which premiered in Venice’s Venice Days section, Turkish director Reha Erdem’s “Big Big World,” which scooped a special jury prize in Venice’s Orrizonti section, and Romanian director Adrian Sitaru’s drama “The Fixer,” which premiered at Toronto.
The jury will be headed by French director Jean-Jacques Beineix, while other jury members are Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung, U.S. producer Nicole Rocklin, Italian actor Valerio Mastandrea and Japanese director Hideyuki Hirayama.
Also announced were the ‘Asian Future’ section for up-and-coming Asian filmmakers, the ‘Japanese Cinema Splash’ section for local indie films, a special screenings section for films set to open in Japan this fall and winter, the ‘World Focus’ section for international festival winners with no Japan distribution deal, and the ‘Japan Now’ section for recently released Japanese films.
Among special projects at this year’s fest are sections devoted to director Shunji Iwai and animator Mamoru Hosoda, the Japan Foundation Asia Center’s ‘Crosscut Asia’ program spotlighting Indonesian cinema and a gala Kabuki and silent film presentation at the Kabukiza Theater.
The previously announced opening film will be Stephen Frears’s “Florence Foster Jenkins” and the closing film, Yoshitaka Mori’s “Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow.” The festival runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, 2016.