THIS year’s edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), scheduled to take place during the final week of October, has selected six films for its Special Screening Section.
Special Screenings is a section to present topical films before theatrical release in Japan.
— Nobushige Toshima, Programming Director
Among the six, we spotted Baltasar Kormákur‘s Everest which opens in Malaysia on the 24th of September. Boasting an all-star cast which includes the likes of Josh Brolin, Jake Gylenhaal, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson, the film had a semi-limited released in the US — it made more than US$7,222,035 during its opening weekend from 545 theatres. The film currently has a 73% rating from Rotten Tomatoes and should expand wide soon.
Also in the mix is Anton Corbijn‘s Life, a film starring Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson, Joel Edgerton, Alessandra Mastronardi and Ben Kingsley. Centered around the life of James Dean two weeks prior to his death, the film will be released at the end of the year in the US.
For those who still remember the short-lived ice bucket challenges, there’s a film about the neurodegenerative disorder known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). George C. Wolfe‘s You’re Not You stars Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel and Loretta Devine.
Kate, who is diagnosed with ALS, meets Bec, a college student with a thwarted dream. The two women from different backgrounds form a strong bond. What can Kate do for her best friend, in her limited time?
Completing the lineup are Eiichiro Hasumi‘s Mozu, Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud‘s Seasons and Simon Curtis‘s Woman In Gold (which stars the eternally effervescent Helen Mirren).
The 28th Tokyo International Film Festival will be held from the 22nd to the 31st of October 2015. Tickets for screenings go on sale from October 10!