We present the list of winners of the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival which took place from October 28th until November 5th, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo Grand Prix (The Governor of Tokyo Award)
A girl cares for her elderly, disabled uncle. The days pass uneventfully as the two tend to the livestock, but the girl dreams of becoming a veterinarian. This love story, centering on the heroine’s heartbreaking choice, combines humor with beautiful imagery.
Special Jury Prize
It is 2025 and a war has just ended. A traumatized veteran is forced to confront his past when he meets a woman involved in recovering unidentified bodies. Capturing the desolation with hard beauty, this dystopian film abounds with wondrous shots and scenes.
Award for Best Director
This riveting film centers on a showdown between the Iranian police and a drug gang. Taking aggressive measures, the chief detective moves ever closer to the boss. The investigative process, junkies’ hangouts, and jail conditions are all powerfully rendered.
Best Actress Award
In France’s snowy region, a woman disappears and a solitary farmer is seen as a suspect. At the same time, a youth carrying a goat somewhere in Africa pays a visit to a shaman. Multiple viewpoints reveal a shocking truth in the latest work by this noted director.
Best Actor Award
Best Artistic Contribution
Chaogtu yearns to move to the city, while his wife, Sarula, is content with their life on the Mongolian prairie. Then one day change comes creeping into the region. This tale of conjugal love combines traditional landscapes with contemporary social issues.
Best Screenplay Award
The screenplay writer of the award-winning 100 Yen Love directs this film, based on his autobiographical novel “A Beloved Wife”, about an unemployed screenplay writer and his troublesome wife.
Asian Future Best Film Award
Summer, 1997. School boy Tiantian stays with his grandparents. His grandma’s bicycle is stolen, so he and his cousin try to capture the thief. Summer Knight depicts a boy’s summer experiences and emotions.
The Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center
In a village where nobody has died for 45 years and only the aged remain, 100-year-old Aslan and his friends begin to think suicide is the solution. This allegorical tale for adults is a skilful directorial debut.
Japanese Cinema Splash Best Film Award
This documentary from the producer of The Journalist and director Tatsuya Mori, known for A and Fake, follows the real-life female journalist, Isoko Mochizuki, on whom the protagonist was loosely based.
Japanese Cinema Splash Best Director Award
The latest unique human drama from Hirobumi and Yuji Watanabe portrays, in black and white and without words, a man who lives with his aging grandmother and works silently in a pigpen.
Tokyo Gemstone Award
Josefine Frida, Sairi Ito, Riru Yoshina, Yui Sakuma
Lifetime Achievement Award
Tatsuya Nakadai, Nobuhiko Obayashi