As part of the award ceremony at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) on November 5, director Reza Jamali won the Spirit of Asia Award of the Japan Foundation Asia Center for his film "Old Men Never Die". The award was presented to a promising Asian Future director at TIFF, selected for his chances of international success beyond cultural and national borders. Reza Jamali expressed his feelings as follows: "I am pleased that I was awarded this prize, I have shot my second film, and the fact that I have received this wonderful opportunity to be appreciated in this way leaves me with my own style believe that I will continue in the future. " The Best Asian Future Film Award went to "Summer Knight" directed by You Xing, the Best Screenplay Award to Shin Adachi for his film "A Beloved Wif" and the Best Artistic Contribution to Chinese film "Chaogtu with Sarula" by Wang Rui. The Best Actor Award went to Navid Mohammadzadeh for "Just 6.5" and the Best Actress Award to Nadia Tereszkiewicz for "Only the Animals". The Best Director Award went to Saeed Roustaee for "Just 6.5" and the Special Jury Prize to "Atlantis". The festival's most prestigious prize, the Tokyo Grand Prix, went to director Frelle Petersen for his Danish film "Uncle".
The Japan Foundation Asia Center and the TIFF have been working together for six years now. The aim of the project is to promote common understanding within Asia by showing Asian films in Japan and introducing Asian talents to the world as part of the TIFF.
The Japan Foundation Asia Center's CROSSCUT ASIA series features Asian films with a focus on specific countries, directors or themes. CROSSCUT ASIA showed genre films from thriller to romantic horror films this year, with regional features such as the first science-fiction thriller "The Halt" by internationally renowned director Lav Diaz.
On October 29, Symposium titled "The Discreet Charm of Girl's Horror Talk" featured three of the world's leading female directors Antoinette Jadaone ("Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay"), Mattie Do ("The Long Walk") and Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo ("Untrue"), whose works were all shown as part of CROSSCUT ASIA # 06, on stage and discussed about Southeast Asian horror films. Mattie Do said, "The genre seems to be dominated by men, but people who make genre films help each other, come out of their hiding places, are there for each other, the female perspective seems undesirable, but we need them in dramas "Women would consider this a solidary world."
The 32nd TIFF took place from 28 October to 5 November 2019.