Japanese-Kazakh film wins prize
MOSCOW — "The First Rains of Spring," a
Japanese-Kazakh film, won the Grand Prix on Friday at the seventh
Eurasia International Film Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Interfax
news agency reported.
The film, jointly directed by Shinju Sano of
Japan and Kazakhstan's Erlan Nurmuhambetov, depicts the life of a family
living in the vast Kazakh wilderness near the Chinese border.
Sano said the movie festival was the first
occasion for the film to be shown to the public, according to reports by
online Kazakh media.
'Kiseki' wins film prize in Spain
Paris — The Japanese film "Kiseki" ("I Wish"),
directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, won the best script award Saturday at the
59th San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.
The film depicts the adventures of two young
brothers, separated after their parents' divorce and yearning to be
reunited. They believe a miracle will happen the moment the new bullet
trains linking their cities pass one another at top speed.
"I wanted to show there is greater importance in
everyday things," Koreeda, who also wrote the screenplay, was quoted as
saying after an official screening Tuesday, citing the March 11
Koreeda's "Nobody Knows" won the Grand Prix for
Best Film at the 31st International Film Festival in Ghent, Belgium, in
2004. Yuya Yagira, who played the leading role in the film, won the best
actor award at the 57th Cannes Film Festival the same year.
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