Tokyo Film Festival: Kosovo’s ‘Vera Dreams of the Sea’ Wins Top Prize

Tokyo Film Festival: Kosovo’s ‘Vera Dreams of the Sea’ Wins Top Prize

Kosovo filmmaker Kaltrina Krasniqi’s semi-autobiographical drama Vera Dreams of the Sea won the Tokyo Global Movie Festival’s Mountainous Prix Monday evening at a digital ceremony streamed from the Jap capital.

Loosely in accordance with the true-lifestyles experiences of the filmmaker’s mother, the movie follows a signal-language interpreter who’s compelled to fight the patriarchy for her inheritance after her husband dies by suicide.

“After I received the guidelines this morning that the movie has been awarded Tokyo’s Mountainous Prix, I was screaming, laughing and crying from the pleasure,” said Krasniqi, noting that Vera Dreams of the Sea was Kosovo’s first movie to ever compete in Tokyo. “Thanks so powerful for this honor,” she added.

Romanian director Teodora Ana Mihai’s drama La Civil, also loosely in accordance with a merely yarn, took dwelling Tokyo’s 2nd role Particular Jury Prize. The movie follows a lady who takes matters into her possess hands after her daughter is kidnapped by a Mexican cartel and her ex-husband and the police fail to make a choice the case seriously.

Tokyo’s winners this twelve months had been selected by a jury led by French show shroud icon Isabelle Huppert. The real fact that two girls took the Jap competition’s high two prizes for the essential time in its history was doubly vital on condition that the occasion nowadays became the essential major movie competition in Asia to signal the worldwide “5050×2020” pledge, which commits festivals to taking tangible steps in direction of gender parity.

The prize for finest movie in the Asian Future allotment, which highlights rising expertise from the build, went to World, Northern Hemisphere, by Iranian director Hossein Tehrani. The movie follows a 14-twelve months-frail boy who’s compelled to change into his family’s breadwinner following his father’s untimely death.

The Tokyo competition launched an all-novel prize category this twelve months in partnership with Amazon. The Amazon Top Video Take One Award goes to the winner of a short movie competition that selects from a pool of submissions from up-and-coming Japan-essentially based mostly directors. Filmmaker Kim Yunsoo’s short Sunday & Calm Sea took dwelling the novel prize, which comes with an award of 1 million yen ($8,815) and the different to uncover the manufacturing of a characteristic with Amazon Studios.

With COVID-19 instances in Japan reaching multi-month lows, the Tokyo Global Movie Festival was ready to abet most of its functions as in-person events and screenings all yet again this twelve months. Working Oct. 30 thru Monday, the competition screened 126 movies this twelve months, merely a little bit of fewer than in years previous. Tokyo’s full winners’ checklist for 2021 is below.

Mountainous Prix

Vera Dreams of the Sea by Kaltrina Krasniqi

Particular Jury Prize

La Civil
 by Teodora Ana Mihai

Most efficient Actress

Julia Chavez, The Other Tom

Most efficient Actor

Amir Aghaee, Fatih Al, Baris Yildiz and Onur Buldu, The Four Partitions

Most efficient Inventive Contribution

Crane Lantern by Hilal Baydarov

Target audience Award

Fair correct Remembering by Matsui Daigo

Asian Future’s Most efficient Movie Award

World, Northern Hemisphere by Hossein Tehran

Amazon Top Video Take One Award

Kim Yunsoo, Sunday and Calm Sea

Amazon Top Video Take One Award Particular Jury Prize

Sangoumi Midori, Under The Bridge