The 20th Tokyo International Film Festival presenting a variety of Canadian films
■ Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 28
TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, BUNKAMURA Le Cinema, and Tokyo Women's Plaza
★ SILK will close the festival on October 28.
Directed by Francois Girard of The Red Violin, SILK was co-produced by Canada, Italy and Japan, starring Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Koji Yakusho and Miki Nakatani, and is a film adaptation of Alessandro Baricco's novel, Seta. The film will open at theatres early next year.
★ The Stone Angel will enter in the competition.
It is a film adaptation of the novel, The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence, the famous Canadian novelist. The film is directed by Kari Skogland, the female filmmaker named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the ten directors to watch. The film represents the perfectly recreated story about an independent woman, who, on reaching ninety, lives the last phase of her life.
★ Zombino, directed by Andrew Currie, will be shown as a special screening.
Zombino is a story about a beautiful small town where locals keep zombies as servants. A horrifying sequence of events develops from the recreation of an act of negligence, portrayed in a humorous style. Carrie-Anne Moss, famous for her appearance in The Matrix series, plays an amusing housewife.
★ Water will be screened on October 22 at Tokyo International Women's Film Festival.
Water by Deepa Mehta, Indo-Canadian film director, has been highly acclaimed around the world and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Oscar Awards. The film depicts the lives of Indian women from the 1930s to the 1940s, who were bound by old Indian conventions.
★ Bunka-cho Film Week “Symposium: Support Schemes for Independent Animators in Europe and Canada” on October 25.
An animation producer from the National Film Board of Canada will participate and discuss with experts from France, Germany and Japan.
★ CJax: Canada-Japan Short Animation Exchange （J） screening on October 26.
CJax will present short Canadian animated films by independent artists produced with the support from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the private funding organization, Bravo!FACT, together with short animations created by emerging Japanese artists. Next year, CJax will be held in Canada.
Banff Mountain Film Festival in Japan 2007
■ Saturday, September 29 - Saturday, November 24
Tokyo, Matsumoto, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an annual event held in Banff, Alberta, a beautiful city surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. With a history stretching back more than thirty years, the festival is the world's largest film festival that features documentaries about mountain culture, the environment and outdoor sports. Every year, the festival presents a variety of documentaries from around the world and treats the audience to astonishingly impressive images. The Banff Mountain Festival in Japan is presenting a series of documentaries selected from the collection. In the third year of the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Japan, screenings will be held in five cities. For details, please visit the official website.