Japan’s Pia Film Festival to launch Oshima Prize for new talent

Screen | 3/19/2020 | Staff
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Japan’s Pia Film Festival (PFF) is launching a cinema award in honour of Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima, which is designed to recognise ‘next generation’ talents and give them exposure on the world stage.

Conceived by Oshima’s widow, actress Akiko Koyama, the Oshima Prize will be presented to young Japanese filmmakers who “following in the footsteps of Oshima, continue to take on challenges on an international scale and after making their commercial debuts”.

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One of the masters of Japanese cinema, Oshima directed films such as In The Realm Of The Senses (1976), Empire Of Passion (1978), which won best director at Cannes, and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). He was also a strong supporter of new talent and a member of the PFF jury from 1979 to 1988.

Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who scored Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, will serve as president of the jury for the new award, which also includes Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa and PFF director Keiko Araki.

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The first winner of the prize will be announced in February 2020. The ceremony will take place on March 19, 2020 at Marunouchi Hall, Tokyo, followed by screenings of the prize winner’s films and Oshima classics the following day.

“The reason why we asked Ryuichi Sakamoto to be the president of the jury is because Oshima’s works are highly estimated outside of Japan, more than in Japan, and we wanted to have a point...
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