Tokyo Film Fest Announces Lineup, Visits From Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks
TOKYO – The lineup for the Tokyo International Film Festival, including the 15 films in the main competition section, was announced at a news conference Thursday in the Roppongi Hills complex that serves as the event's main venue.
The 15 titles, six of which will be world premieres, were selected from 1,463 entries from 93 countries, with 453 submissions from Asia and more than 500 from Europe.
Competing for the Sakura Grand Prix and $50,000 will be The Double, a U.K. production based on Dostoevsky's 1846 novella about a doppelganger starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and directed by Richard Ayoade. Joining it will be Red Family, a tale of a family with a secret mission from debut Korean director Lee Ju-hyoung and writer-producer Kim Ki-duk. The U.S. will be represented by Drinking Buddies, a romantic comedy about two co-workers from director John Swanberg.
Special screenings at the festival include the Steven Soderbergh-directed Liberace biopic Beyond the Candelabra, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and Robert De Niro-starrer The Family, directed by Luc Besson. Coppola, along her father Francis Ford Coppola, and De Niro will be visiting Tokyo for the festival.
The festival also will feature demonstration screenings of both the 4K and 8K HD formats, with the cooperation of festival-sponsors Sony and Cannon for 4K, and public broadcaster NHK for the newer Super Hi-Vision 8K system.
Selected titles from the competition and other sections will be screened at the TIFFCOM market venue in Odaiba, allowing buyers to watch films without traveling to the main venue.
TIFFCOM has combined the music and contents markets that were held alongside it last year, boosting the number of booths by about 30 percent.
“Exhibitor booths sold out in record time this year, a month faster than previously,” TIFFCOM director Mika Morishita told The Hollywood Reporter.
With a government program to promote Japanese content overseas launched in January, local companies can claim for reimbursement up to half the costs of exhibiting, and some of the major domestic TV networks are reportedly planning lavish booths for this year's market.
TIFF will open Oct. 17 with Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, who will attend the screening. It's based on the true story of the hijacking of a cargo ship by Somali pirates. The Kiyosu Conference, a historical comedy by writer-director Koki Mitani, will bring proceedings to a close Oct. 25.
Full list of films in competition:
Au revoir l' été 2013 Japan-U.S. Koji Fukada
Barber's Tales 2013 The Philippines Jun Robles Lana
Bending the Rules 2013 Iran Behnam Behzadi
Blind Dates 2013 Georgia Levan Koguashvili
Disregarded People 2012 Japan Hideo Sakaki
The Double 2013 U.K. Richard Ayoade
Drinking Buddies 2012 U.S. Joe Swanberg
The Empty Hours 2013 Mexico-France-Spain Aarón Fernández
Love is the Perfect Crime 2013 France-Switzerland Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu
Of Horses and Men 2013 Iceland Benedikt Erlingsson
Red Family 2013 Korea Lee Ju-hyoung
Singing Women 2013 Turkey-Germany-France Reha Erdem
Those Happy Years 2013 Italy-France Daniele Luchetti
To Live and Die in Ordos 2013 China Ning Ying
We Are the Best! 2013 Sweden Lukas Moodysson