Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Japanese Film Wins Top Jury Prize At Montreal World Film Festival

From China View:

MONTREAL, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Japanese director Yojiro Takita's "Okuribito" (Departures) won the top jury prize Monday at the 32nd Montreal World Film Festival (MWFF).

The MWFF jury, which included Chinese director Xie Fei, awarded the Grand Prix of the Americas to Takita's drama about an out-of-work cellist who leaves Tokyo to return to his hometown to become an undertaker.

"The Necessities of Life," directed by Canadian filmmaker Benoit Pilon, won the top audience award -- Public Award for the Most Popular Film of the Festival -- voted for by filmgoers.

The story tells of an Inuit hunter named Tivii who is flown to a Quebec sanatorium to be treated for tuberculosis in the 1950s. As Tivii loses the will to live, he is tended to by a nurse named Carol, who puts him in touch with a young Inuit named Kaki. Tivii regains his pride and will to live as he teaches Kaki about Inuit ways.

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