It lasted more than three hours Rei is the directorial debut of Tanaka Toshihiko, who also produced the film, did the editing and also co-stars. It is a thoughtful and overwhelming psychological drama about a group of thirty-somethings in Japan. Hikari leads a stable and seemingly carefree life; she has an office job and is the stable factor in her circle of friends. Her life gets out of balance when she gets into a relationship with the deaf photographer Masato.
The special jury prizes worth 10,000 euros went to the political thriller Kiss Wagon by the Indian director Midhun Murali and the worker’s portrait Flathead by Australian Jaydon Martin. No Dutch productions were selected for the sixteen-title Tiger competition. Former IFFR director Marco Muller and Dutch director Ena Sendijarević (Sweet Dreams) were part of the jury.
Protest against patriarchy
Kiss Wagon was also awarded the Fipresci Award, the prize of international film journalists. The VPRO Big Screen Award, awarded by a jury consisting of an audience, went to The Old Bachelora fiery protest against the patriarchy by Iranian director Oktay Baraheni.
The 53rd edition of the IFFR will conclude on Sunday with the Malaysian romkom La Luna. The winner of the Audience Award will also be announced on the final day. On Friday, three films were in the top regions that will soon also be shown in regular cinemas: GreenBorder (4802), The Promised Land (4671) and Four Daughters (4662).