Skip City Film Festival: “Softie” and “Double Life” winners

The Skip City International D-Cinema Festival on the outskirts of Tokyo wrapped up its 19th edition on Sunday with awards for French director Samuel Theis’ “Softie” and Chinese director Enen Yo’s “Double Life” in the competition. distinct Japanese films.

The festival, long a launch pad for emerging Japanese and global filmmakers, held in-person screenings from July 16-24, 2022, at venues in Kawaguchi, and an online segment from July 21-27.

“Softie” received the Grand Prix of the international competition. ‘Magnetic Beats’, directed by Vincent Mael Cardona, won Best Director, while ‘Utama’, directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi, received the Special Jury Prize in the same section. In addition, “Her Way” directed by Cécile Ducrocq, was chosen for the Audience Award.

Travel Director Kiriu Shogo at Skip City FF.
Courtesy of Skip City FF.

The Skip City Award, which is selected from among all Japanese films in the International Competition and Japanese Film Competition, was awarded to a graduation film from Musashino Art University, “Journey”, directed by Kiriu Shogo .

While “Double Life” won the feature film award in the Japanese competition, a black-and-white animation “3 Intestine, Fish Island” won the short film award.

The audience award for a feature film went to “Vata”, a Japanese film shot entirely in Madagascar and directed by Kamei Takeshi.

The jury for the international competition was chaired by Terajima Shinobu, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2010 Berlinale for her performance in Wakamatsu Koji’s World War II drama “Caterpillar.” The president of the Japanese film competition jury was cinematographer Ashizawa Akiko.

Launched in 2004 to showcase films shot in the newest digital format, Skip City has since focused on features and shorts from up-and-coming filmmakers. Past winners who have gone on to big careers include three-time Cannes Best Director winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan, as well as Japanese directors Shiraishi Kazuya (“Blood of Wolves”), Nakano Ryota (“The Asadas”) and Ueda Shinichiro (“One Cut of the Dead”).

Darcy J. Skinner