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‘Grain’ Wins Grand Prix at Tokyo Festival

Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu’s dystopian future drama “Grain” received the Grand Prix at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

The festival closed Friday with a screening of Al Gore documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” with Gore present to introduce the film.

“Film festivals relieve filmmakers and audiences of commercial demands,” said Tommy Lee Jones, president of the jury, in his closing remarks. The films in the TIFF competition featured “no pistols, no car crashes, no explosions and no damsels in distress. Not that they’re always bad, but they’re not required. That does not relive filmmakers of responsibility for narrative coherence and visual beauty and making good use of the audience’s time.”

Silvia Luzi and Luca Bellino’s “Crater” took the second place special jury prize. Edmund Yeo won the best director prize for “Aqerat (We the Dead),” Teemu Nikki best screenplay for “Euthanizer” and Dong Yue, director of “The Looming Storm,” best artistic contribution.

Duan Yihong scooped best actor honors for his performance in “The Looming Storm,” while Adeline D’Hermy took the best actress prize for her turn in “Maryline.” The audience award went to the Akiko Ooku’s romantic comedy “Tremble All You Want.”

In the Asian Future section, Akio Fujimoto’s refuge drama “Passage of Life” took the section award and Zhou Ziyang’s “Old Beast” earned a special mention.

In the Japanese Cinema Splash section for Japanese indies, the Hikaru Toda documentary “Of Love and Law” received the best picture prize.

In addition to the main competition sections, the festival presented retrospectives dedicated to Steven Soderbergh, George Romero and animator Keiichi Hara. There were also sections for recent Japanese films, and one for foreign festival favorites that have yet to find a Japanese distributor.

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