The press conference for the lineup of the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival was held at Toranoko Hills in Tokyo on September, 26 (Mon). Tokyo International Film Festival was created in favor of the cultural interaction between people who respect movies and it will be held for ten days from October 25 (Tue) to November 3 (Thu).
Following the greeting by Yasushi Shiina, the director general of Tokyo International Film Festival, they announced this year’s opening movie Madam Florence! Yume Miru Futari and closing movie Satoshi no Seishun. In the competition section, sixteen works selected out of 1502 from 98 countries will compete for the grand prize. The sections are:
- Ajia Future
- Japanese Movie Splash
- Japanese Now
After the introductions of the titles, on stage appeared Director Daigo Matsui, Yuu Aoi from AZUMI HARUKO wa Yukuefumei, and Munetaka Aoki from Yuki Onna. They each talked of their works and how they feel about being selected in the competition section.
Tokyo International Film Festival this year features Mamoru Hosoda’s World. It’s about Director Mamoru Hosoda who is a leading member of the movie industry and is known for his animation works The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and The Boy and the Beast. The segment will introduce all of Hosoda’s works, from the precious old to the latest one. Ryuusuke Hikawa, a programming advisor, appeared on the stage and explained the lineup of this project.
‘Hosoda’s works transmit things happening now in Japan to the world in a form of animation with unique expressions. As both animation and movie, this is something Japan should be proud of and Mamoru Hosoda was decided to be featured in order to sum up Hosoda’s path which is filled with challenges.’
Hikawa said that he wanted to clearly express Hosoda’s path, changes and universality as a writer by going back from his old works created twenty years ago when he became a director. Hosoda appeared later and he talked about his work in production. He also commented that he had been looking for better ways to use animation skills on movies, and that he will never stop looking.
Questions and answers was held at the end of the press conference and Matsui, Aoi, Aoki and Hosoda reappeared to take them on.