"Grain" Wins Tokyo Grand Prix at 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

TOKYO, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), held from October 25 to November 3, concluded with the announcement of winners at the Closing Ceremony on its final day. This year, TIFF screened 231 films and 63,679 film fans attended the screenings. The Tokyo Grand Prix was awarded to "Grain" directed by Semih Kaplanoglu. For the winners of awards in all sections, please see below.

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- Competition section


-- Tokyo Grand Prix: "Grain" (directed by Semih Kaplanoglu)
-- Special Jury Prize: "Crater" (directed by Silvia Luzi, Luca Bellino)
-- Award for Best Director: Edmund Yeo ("AQERAT (We the Dead)")
-- Award for Best Actress: Adeline D'Hermy ("Maryline")
-- Award for Best Actor: Duan Yihong ("The Looming Storm")
-- Award for Best Artistic Contribution: "The Looming Storm" (directed by
Dong Yue)
-- Award for Best Screenplay by WOWOW: "Euthanizer" (written and directed
by Teemu Nikki)
-- Audience Award: "Tremble All You Want" (directed by Akiko Ooku)
- Asian Future section


-- Best Asian Future Film Award: "Passage of Life" (directed by Akio
Fujimoto)
-- The Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center: Director
Akio Fujimoto ("Passage of Life")
- Japanese Cinema Splash section


-- Best Picture Award: "Of Love & Law" (directed by Hikaru Toda)
- SAMURAI Award: Composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto

- Gemstone Award: Mayu Matsuoka ("Tremble All You Want" actress), Shizuka Ishibashi ("THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE" actress), Adeline D'Hermy ("Maryline" actress), Daphne Low ("AQERAT (We the Dead)" actress)

In awarding the prize to Kaplanoglu, jury president Tommy Lee Jones said, "We were impressed by this movie's appreciation of the common understanding among all people through a shared mythic experience." He then shared his own thoughts on the 30th TIFF, praising his fellow jury members, calling them "very bright filmmakers and thoughtful people." He also noted they had a very international mix, saying, "We speak five different languages and needed five different interpreters...it felt like the United Nations! But we're more humorous than the United Nations." Jones also laid out his final feelings about TIFF and the jury's final selections: "Festivals, at their best, are meant to relieve filmmakers and audiences from strict commercial demands," and added, "As filmmakers, we have not been born and raised to waste your time, we have been born to improve it -- and I know that I can speak for this jury when I say we remain your humble and hopeful servants."

Official Website:
30th Tokyo International Film Festival: www.tiff-jp.net/en/ [http://www.tiff-jp.net/en/]

CONTACT: Hideko Saito, Fumi Kawakubo, TIFF Publicity and Advertising Division, Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), Tel: +81-3-6226-3012, Fax: +81-3-6226-3023, E-mail: tiff-pr2017@tiff-jp.net

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