“Namme” at Tokyo Film Festival
“Namme” at Tokyo Film Festival
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From October 25th to November 3rd, 30th Tokyo International Film Festival will take place in Japan. Film festival was held in 1985 for the first time and has obtained the status of leading festival of the Asian world since then.

This year's competition program includes Georgian film - Zaza Khalvashi's "Namme". "Namme" is Georgia-Latvia-France co-project. The plot is based on Georgian myths and awakes the story of a family. Namme is a girl with supernatural powers who helps and cures everyone in the village.

As the director mentioned, he wrote the script back in 2010 but couldn't manage to make a film due to the lack of finances. And in 2016, after obtaining the grant from National Film Centre, he achieved to make his ideas to the screen. The director generally invited debutants and nonprofessionals.

Zaza Khalvashi has made several feature films. His films are awarded at Montpellier, Munich and Moscow Film Festivals. He worked as a director in film studio "Georgian Film" from 1997-2004. He has been teaching at Batumi Art State Teaching University since 1997 and leads the Film-TV Arts department of the same university.

In 2016, Zaza Khalvashi's film "Solomon" became the winner of National Competition at our festival and was awarded with a prize - Prometheus for the best motion picture.

As for the Tokyo Film Festival itself, it will host many guests and world premieres. Films from different countries and of different genres will be screened in sections: Main Competition Program, "Asian Future" "Special Screenings" "Japanese Classics". "Japanese Cinema Splash" section will screen new works of special, creative and challenging Japanese film industry.

Visitors will be able to see European movie: "Forget about Nick" by Margarethe von Trotta (main competition), Venice winner Guillermo Del Toro's "Shape of Water" (special screenings), "Ismael's Ghosts" by Arnaud Desplechin, (World Focus), Xavier Beauvois' "The Guardians" (World Focus) etc. During the festival, there will be held workshops, seminars and symposia for students and professionals.

15 films presented at Main Competition Program will be judged by a jury of 5 film professionals which will grant a Tokyo Grand Prix, Special Jury Prize, Award for Best Director, Best Artistic Contribution and Best Screenplay to the winners.

This year's international jury is presided by American actor Tommy Lee Jones.

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