The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) gets out of the blocks early, announcing its first titles three months out.
Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk will open the festival, which will close with Tetsuo Shinohara’s Terminal.
Last year TIFF refocused away from international fare, introducing a number of Japan- nd Asia-specifc line-ups. The festival will increase that focus this year wiuth the introduction of Japan Now and Japanese Classics programme strands.
Three directors will make omnibus title Asian Three-Fold Mirror for the festival. Isao Yukisada, Brillante Mendoza and Sotho Kulikar will each shoot a segment. Palme d’Or winning Filipino director Mendoza is a regular feature at international festivals, his short Purple having formed of the Hong Kong IFF’s omnibus project Quattro in 2011. His works formed a major part of last year’s Crosscut Asia programme on Filipino cinema at TIFF last year.
Cambodia-based Kulikar was the fixer for Annie Goldson’s Brother Number One and Kieran Darcy-Smith’s Wish You Were Here, featuring Anthony Starr. Her own debut feature The Last Reel won the Spirit of Asia award at the TIFF last year.
TIFF will run 22 – 31 October.
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