'Antonym' Wins Twice at Japan's Skip City Festival

Diederik Ebbinge's "Matterhorn" took the grand prize at the festival in Kawaguchi, north of Tokyo.

TOKYO — Matterhorn by Dutch director Diederik Ebbinge took the grand prize at the Skip City D-Cinema festival on Sunday, while local production Antonym won best director for Natsuka Kusano and the prize for best Japanese film.

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Quirky comedy Matterhorn, Ebbinge's feature debut won $10,000 (¥1 million), while human drama Antonym, also a debut, won $5,000 (¥500,000 million) and $10,000 worth of postproduction work for Kusano's next project.

Takayuki Ohashi's Angel in the Closet won $5,000 (¥500,000 million) for best domestic short, while Aki Yamamoto's The Tie and the Wall and Takuya Matsumoto's Let's Go Home! won $3,000 (¥300,000 million) apiece as runners-up in the same category.

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The fest closed July 27 after its nine-day run in Kawaguchi, located north of Tokyo.

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