Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa received the very best director award on Saturday at this yr’s Venice Worldwide Movie Competition, changing into the primary Japanese director to take the award in 17 years.
“Spouse of a Spy” (Spy no Tsuma) follows the story of a pair in 1940 within the western Japan metropolis of Kobe earlier than the outbreak of World Struggle II. A person by chance stumbles upon a state secret and tries to convey it to gentle, whereas his spouse takes motion to make sure his security.
Picture taken Sept. 9, 2020 in Tokyo reveals from left actor Issei Takahashi, actress Yu Aoi and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. (Kyodo)
Actress Cate Blanchett, who headed the jury, informed a press convention that collection of the Silver Lion winner had been a “tough choice to make” however that the selection of Kurosawa was “simple in that ultimate evaluation.”
“It’s a huge shock. I’m feeling too pleased for phrases,” Kurosawa, 65, stated in a video message despatched to the pageant.
“I by no means dreamed I might obtain such a pleasing current at my age. I feel I did effectively to proceed with filmmaking for a very long time.”
Kurosawa grew to become the third Japanese director to win a Silver Lion. He adopted Takeshi Kitano in 2003 with “Zatoichi” and Kenji Mizoguchi in 1956 with “The Lifetime of Oharu” (Saikaku Ichidai Onna).
Kurosawa’s movie, starring Yu Aoi and Issei Takahashi, is ready to be proven in Japanese theaters from Oct. 16.
Cate Blanchett and Anna Foglietta converse onstage through the closing ceremony on the 77th Venice Movie Competition on September 12, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Corbis/Getty/Kyodo)
Whereas the 77th Venice movie pageant in northern Italy went forward regardless of the coronavirus pandemic, with strict measures in place to stop the unfold of the virus, Kurosawa and his solid determined to not fly to Italy.
The Golden Lion greatest movie award for this yr went to “Nomadland” directed by Chloe Zhao of the US.
Kurosawa earned a reputation for himself globally along with his 1997 horror-thriller “Remedy.” He has additionally taken prizes within the Cannes Movie Competition.
In 2015, Kurosawa acquired the very best director prize within the Un Sure Regard part of the Cannes movie pageant. Additionally in Cannes, his “Tokyo Sonata” received the jury prize in the identical part in 2008.
Among the many consultant works of the director, who hails from Kobe, is the 2001 horror movie “Kairo.” The movie was later made right into a U.S. remake “Pulse” in 2006.