Magazine article Screen International

Untouchable Wins Grand Prize, Best Actor Awards at Tokyo Fest

Magazine article Screen International

Untouchable Wins Grand Prize, Best Actor Awards at Tokyo Fest

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Other winners include The Woodsman And The Rain, Play, Albert Nobbs, Kora and When Pigs Have Wings.

Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache's Untouchable won the Tokyo Sakura grand prix and $50,000 at today's closing awards ceremony of the 24th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).

The French-language drama also won two best actor awards for its co-stars, Françoise Cluzet and Omar Sy, who play a quadriplegic aristocrat and his streetwise caregiver respectively. Japanese distribution has yet to be announced but both the directors and cast members, unable to attend the ceremony, mentioned a trip to Japan in the coming months in a recorded message.

The special jury prize and $20,000 was awarded to lone Japanese competition entry The Woodsman And The Rain (Kitsutsuki To Ame), directed by Shuichi Okita. Screening as a world premiere, the film opens theatrically on February 11 through distributor Kadokawa.

The best director prize was won by Ruben Östlund for Swedish social drama Play, one of several competition titles to tackle issues of immigration and cultural barriers.

Glenn Close won best actress for her gender crossing role in Irish period drama Albert Nobbs. She thanked the festival in a personal video message. The film will be released Stateside by Roadside Attractions on January 27.

Titles: Untouchable, Play, Albert Nobbs, When Pigs Have Wings

Chinese world premiere Kora shared a best artistic contribution prize with British director Tony Kaye's high school drama Detachment. …

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