Magazine article Screen International

'Florence Foster Jenkins', 'Satoshi' to Bookend Tokyo Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

'Florence Foster Jenkins', 'Satoshi' to Bookend Tokyo Film Festival

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Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, is to open the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 25-Nov 3).

The Stephen Frears-directed film, which bowed in the US in early August, is based on the true story of a wealthy New York socialite who used her family's money to promote herself as an opera singer, despite the fact she was widely-regarded as not being able to sing well.

The festival will close with Satoshi: A Move For Tomorrow, a biopic about shogi (Japanese chess) master Satoshi Murayama, starring Kenichi Matsuyama.

Director Shunji Iwai, whose films All About Lily Chou-Chou and Hana And Alice generated positive word-of-mouth at arthouse cinemas and festivals overseas in the early 2000s, will be the subject of this year's Japan Now showcase. …

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