'Silk' set to close Tokyo fest

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TOKYO - Continuing its theme of emphasizing joint productions, the Tokyo International Film Festival will close with the three-nation collaboration "Silk."

Directed by Quebec's Francois Girard and starring Keira Knightly, Michael Pitt, Miki Nakatani and Koji Yakusho, "Silk" is an adaptation of the novel by Alessandro Baricco. Set in 19th-century Japan, it is the tale of a married silk trader who is drawn to a mysterious Japanese woman from a nobleman's court.

"We decided this film would be the best choice for the closing screening of this year's festival because it's on such a larger scale than other films, and it's gorgeous," said Ryoko Koyama, a spokeswoman for the festival.

"One of the key themes for this year's TIFF is collaboration, which this film demonstrates as a joint work between Japan, Italy and Canada," she said.

This year's festival runs October 20th and 28th, and opens with another joint project, the action title "Midnight Eagle," which brings together Shochiku and Universal Japan.

In 1998, Girard won the award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 11th TIFF for "The Red Violin." The novel the movie is based on has been a best-seller for Baricco, who is also the author of "The Legend of 1900."
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