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Wim Wenders to head jury of Tokyo International Film Festival 2023

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German filmmaker Wim Wenders, known for works including “Wings of Desire” and “Perfect Days,” has been appointed president of the international jury at the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the organization announced on Monday.

German director Wim Wenders gives an interview on the Terrace du Festival at the Palais du Festival before the premiere of his competition film “Perfect Days”

The Japanese actor Koji Yakusho won the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his leading role in Wenders’ latest feature film “Perfect Days.” In it, he plays a man who lives in Tokyo and cleans toilets.

Wenders has had a fascination with Japan ever since he first saw a film by master director Yasujiro Ozu in the 1970s.

The 36th edition of the TIFF is therefore dedicated to the Japanese grand master of film, who was born 120 years ago. The organizers said it was a great pleasure that Wenders, as an Ozu fan, was taking part.

The German director and photographer attended the first edition of the TIFF in 1985 with his award-winning film “Paris, Texas.”

In 1993, he served as president of the jury of the TIFF Young Cinema Competition. He last took part in the film festival in Tokyo in 2011, at that time with his film “Pina.”

His homage to the German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal was nominated for an Oscar for best documentary the following year.

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