Post Card and Buddha Mountain win at Tokyo International Film Festival
Kaneto Shindo's Post Card wins the Jury award, while China-Taiwan co-production Buddha Mountain takes home two awards, one for actress Fang Bingbing.
by Claudia Xie
Date Published: 11/01/2010
The nine-day 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival closed on Sunday Oct 31. The top prize, the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, was awarded to Intimate Grammar by Israeli director Nir Bergman. This was the second time that Bergman has won this award; his debut Broken Wings won the same award at TIFF in 2002.
The Special Jury Prize was awarded to 98-year-old director Kaneto Shindo's Post Card. Shindo claimed at the festival that this is his last film, and that "it is a good time to say goodbye."
Chinese actress Fang Bingbing received the Award for Best Actress last night for her role in Buddha Mountain, director Li Yu's coming-of-age story that also won the Award for Best Artistic Contribution. Best Actor was awarded to Chinese actor Wang Qianyuan for his performance in The Piano in a Factory.
The Best Director award went to Gilles Paquet-Brenner for Sarah's Key, a drama based on a true story of the holocaust in Paris during World War II. The film also took home the Audience Award.
For the complete list of winners, please visit the Tokyo International Film festival website here.