Neil Jordan to head Tokyo jury
'Crying Game' director competed in first TIFF competitionTOKYO -- Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan (“Interview with a Vampire” “The Crying Game”) will head this year's jury for the Tokyo International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.
Jordan -- who was in TIFF’s debut competition in 1985 with “The Company of Wolves” – returns to the fest for the first time in quarter-century.
Also an award-winning novelist, Jordan’s filmography spans fantasy through unconventional sexuality to Irish politics and history. He won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Crying Game,” which received five other Oscar nominations and picked up a host of other gongs. He has also picked up awards for “Michael Collins,” “Mona Lisa” and “The End of the Affair.”
TIFF has been working hard at raising its profile in recent years and in February added U.K. producer Jeremy Thomas and veteran Japanese buyer Ken Umehara to its film selection panel.
The 23rd TIFF will unspool from October 23 - 31.