Tokyo fest goes wall to 'WALL-E'

Ani hit bookends Woo's 'Red Cliff'; Voight-led jury to judge 15 films

Vincent Cassel starrer "Public Enemy Number One," U.S. entry "Half-Life" and the world premiere of Ivy Ho's "Claustrophobia" will be among the 15 titles vying for the top prize at next month's Tokyo International Film Festival.

Organizers on Thursday took the wraps off the full lineup for what they promise will be an environmentally themed 21st edition, revealing Disney/Pixar's "WALL-E" as their closing-night film.

The animated hit will bookend the Oct. 18-26 fest with John Woo's third-century war epic "Red Cliff," previously announced as the curtain-raiser.

Oscar winner Jon Voight has been tapped to lead a competition jury rounded out by Chinese director Huo Jianqi, U.S. producer Michael Gruskoff, Brazilian cinematographer Cesar Charlone, Japanese actress Fumi Dan and screenwriter Koji Takada.

Other titles in the competition section, chosen from 690 entries, include Jerzy Skolimowski's "4 Nights With Anna," Ebrahim Forouzesh's "Hamoon and Darya" and the world premieres of Japanese titles "Echo of Silence" from Atsuro Watabe and "School Days With a Pig" by Tetsu Maeda.

The TIFFCOM market, set for Oct. 22-24, will see 172 exhibitors, evenly split between overseas and domestic companies.
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