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29th Tokyo International Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) held a press conference to announce lineups in the all sections, jury members, and this year’s topics and highlights at Toranomon Hills Forum in Tokyo.


From left: Daigo MATSUI, Yu AOI, Munetaka AOKI, and Mamoru HOSODA ©2016 TIFF

Yasushi SHIINA, Director General of TIFF & TIFFCOM, made opening remarks and announced that the festival muse for this year is Haru KUROKI, one of the most accomplished actresses in Japan. TIFF’s programing directors then took the stage to introduce the lineup for each section of the 29th edition, as well as to reiterate the prior announcements of the Opening film, Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and the Closing film, Yoshitaka MORI’s Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow.

In the Competition section, 16 films were selected from among 1,502 titles from 98 countries and regions. Representing the two Japanese titles in this main competitive section, director Daigo MATSUI and actress Yu AOI from Japanese Girls Never Die, and actor Munetaka AOKI from Snow Woman were welcomed on the stage and made remarks.

Click here for the Full Competition Lineup.

Acclaimed director Mamoru HOSODA, who is being honored this year with “The World of Mamoru Hosoda” in the Animation Focus section, greeted the audience after the retrospective lineup was announced. He will appear for stage talks during TIFF with such special guests as director Hirokazu KORE-EDA and filmmaker Daisuke “Dice” TSUTSUMI.

This year’s International Competition Jury members were also announced. French director/writer/producer Jean-Jacques BEINEIX will serve as President, working with director Hideyuki HIRAYAMA, actor Valerio MASTANDREA, producer Nicole ROCKLIN, and director Mabel CHEUNG.

During the 10-day celebration, more than 200 films will be screened and there will be unique film-related events every day at the festival venues, including stage appearances, Q&A sessions and symposia featuring celebrated guests from around the world.

The 29th TIFF will take place October 25 to November 3, 2016 at Roppongi Hills, EX Theater Roppongi (Minato City) and other theaters, halls and facilities in Tokyo Metropolitan Area.



Haru Kuroki named Festival Muse for 29th Tokyo International Film Festival!

The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival has welcomed actress Haru Kuroki for the Festival Muse. Ms. Kuroki will appear at the opening ceremony and other official events as the face of the 29th TIFF. The festival is scheduled to run October 25th through November 3rd, 2016.

Haru Kuroki

Kuroki was born in Osaka on March 14, 1990 and made her debut in 2010 as a heroine in Noda Map’s extra performance “Omote ni Deroi!”. Her film debut was in Tokyo Oasis (2011, Kana Matsumoto and Kayo Nakamura). In 2014 she won the Silver Bear at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival and the Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Yoji Yamada’s The Little House. She won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress again in the following year for My Mother (2015, Yoji Yamada). Her filmography includes The Great Passage (2013, Yuya Ishii), Solomon’s Perjury Part 1: Suspicion and Part 2: Judgment (2015, Izuru Narushima), A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016, Shunji Iwai), “Hanako to Anne” (2014, NHK), “The Emperor’s Cook” (2015, TBS), “Sanada Maru” (2016, NHK), and “Juhan Shuttai” (2016, TBS). The Long Excuses (Miwa Nishikawa), Chotto Ima kara Shigoto Yametekuru (Izuru Narushima) are due to be released soon.

The festival is scheduled to run October 25th through November 3rd, 2016.

(Source: tiff-jp press release)