The Spanish-French co-production movie “The Beasts” won the top prize at the 35th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival, announced at the closing ceremony on Nov. 2.
The thriller film won three prizes: The Tokyo Grand Prix / The Governor of Tokyo Award, Best Director for Rodrigo Sorogoyen and Best Actor for Denis Menochet. Meanwhile, the Japanese film “By the Window,” directed by Rikiya Imaizumi, received the Audience Award.”The Beasts” is a psycho-thriller about a French couple who move to a rural village in Spain and are exposed to the malice of their neighbors, leading to a growing conflict.
Jury President Julie Taymor described “The Beasts” as “an extraordinary film that is at once a psychological thriller, a deeply moving love story and a multi-layered commentary on the class divide, xenophobia and the gulf between city and rural survival.” She added that “this film is truly a masterpiece of cinema.”The release date of “The Beasts” in Japan has not yet been determined.
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