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2 main awards of Tokyo Film Festival go to Iran’s Cinema

Tehran (ISNA) – The 35th Tokyo International Film Festival closed on Wednesday with awarding two main awards to Iran’s Cinema.

TIFF’s special jury prize and $4,400 (¥500,000) in prize money went to Houman Seyedi’s Iranian drama “World War III”.

It follows an ordinary labourer — played by Mohsen Tanabandeh (A Hero) — who finds himself working on the set of a film that purports to be a condemnation of dictatorships, but the filmmakers themselves turn into tyrants.

It previously won best film and actor for Tanabandeh when it premiered at Venice Horizons in September and is Iran’s submission for the 95th Academy Awards.

In the Asian Future competition, for up-and-coming Asian filmmakers who have directed up to three features, the best film award went to Mohammadreza Vatandoust’s Iranian drama “Butterflies Live Only One Day”. The award includes a cash prize of $6,800 (¥1m).

The 35th edition of TIFF marked the first full-scale physical edition of the festival in three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Running for 10 days from October 24 to November 2, a total of 59,541 admissions were recorded, up 202% on the 29,414 admissions reported in 2021. The festival comprised 169 films, up from 126 last year.

Spanish-French rural thriller The Beasts has won a hat-trick of awards at Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), including the Tokyo Grand Prix, best director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen and best actor for Denis Menochet.

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