Tokyo FilmEx has announced the 25-film lineup for its 18th edition (November 18th-26th)。
This year’s festival will open with Sylvia Chang’s Love Education (相愛相親), following its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival and theatrical release in mainland China and Taiwan. The family drama is nominated for seven awards at this year’s Golden Horse Awards and will also serve at the closing film of this year’s Hong Kong Asian Film Festival on November 20th.
The closing film is 24 Frames, the final film made by Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami before his death in July 2016.
The competition features nine films, including Cat Shangjun’s The Conformist (冰之下), Kohei Igarashi and Damien Manivel’s The Night I Swam (泳ぎすぎた夜), Huang Xi’s Missing Johnny (強尼‧凱克), Mouly Surya’s Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak), and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s Dark is the Night.
This year’s competition jury will be led by director Kazuo Hara, whose latest documentary Sennan Asbestos Disaster (ニッポン国VS泉南石綿村) will also be screened. Hara will be joined by producer Mizue Kunizane, producer and film festival programmer Ellen Kim, artist Milena Gregor, and film critic Clarence Tsui.
Outside the competition, the special screenings section include omnibus Where Has Time Gone (時間去哪兒了), produced by China’s Jia Zhangke, Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Samui Song (ไม่มีสมุยสำหรับเธอ), Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White (嘉年華), Wang Bing’s Golden Leopard winner Mrs. Fang (方繡英), and the feature film version of Sion Sono’s Tokyo Vampire Hotel (東京ヴァンパイアホテル 映画版). There will also be a retrospective dedicated to director Jacques Tourneur, who passed away 40 years ago in 1977.