'Passe' leads off ninth Tokyo Filmex

Festival also includes two retrospectives

NEW YORK -- Marking 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil, the ninth annual Tokyo Filmex will open Nov. 22 with the family soccer drama "Linha de Passe," by Brazilian directors Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas. The film is part of the fest's Special Screenings section.

The nine-day international film festival also will include a 10-film competition judged by a jury led by industry veteran Teruyo Nogami, according to the Filmex Web site.

Two retrospectives will round out the cross-cultural event, one featuring 1950s and '60s films of Japanese director Koreyoshi Kurahara and the other focusing on the work of Brazilian filmmaker Joachim Pedro de Andrade.

Films competing for the fest's $10,000 grand prize include "Waltz With Bashir" by Ari Folman (Israel), "I Want to See" by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreig (Lebanon) and two titles each from Kazakhstan -- "Shuga" by Derezhan Omirbaev and "Strizh" by Abai Kublai -- and China -- "Survival Song" by Yu Guang-yi and "Cucumber" by Zhou Yao-wu.

Other jury members include Sao Paulo film festival president Leon Cakoff, Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Ka-fei, French critic Isabelle Regnier and Korean director Song Il-gon.

Also competing are "Perfect Life" by Emily Tang (China and Hong Kong), "Treeless Mountain" by Kim So-yong (South Korea) and Japanese entries "Passion" by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and "Non-Ko" by KazuyoshI Kumakiri.

The jury prize winner receives $8,000 worth of Kodak film, while the Agnes b award carries a cash award of an unspecified amount.

Filmex ends Nov. 30 with "Delta" by Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo.
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