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31th Jury

Members of the International Competition Jury

President of Jury

Brillante Ma Mendoza

Brillante Ma Mendoza

Director

Well regarded for his masterful direction and his neo-realist depictions of the social realities and lives of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, Mendoza's first film Masahista (The Masseur), won the Golden Leopard at Locarno International Film Festival in 2005. In 2012, his film Captive competed in the Berlin International Film Festival, while Tirador (Slingshot) won the Caligari Film Award in 2007. Thy Womb won La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award at the equally prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2012. Lola was nominated for the Golden Lion in 2009. His most notable achievement is winning the elusive Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the film Kinatay in 2009. In 2015, his film Taklub bagged the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and in the following year, his film Ma’ Rosa won the Best Actress Award (Jaclyn Jose) at Cannes Film Festival. The film was the Philippines entry for the 2017 Oscars. Recently, the French government decorated Brillante Ma Mendoza with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).

Message
I believe that film is a powerful tool in bridging understanding among different peoples and cultures. This was apparent when I became part of Asian Three-fold Mirror 2016: Reflections screened at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016, together with Isao Yukisada of Japan and Sotho Kulikar of Cambodia. As the world points at Japan again for this year's Tokyo International Film Festival, I feel privileged and honored, this time, to be part of the esteemed line-up of jury that will critique a formidable curation of films from all over the world. With that, I am completely embracing this rewarding responsibility in-lieu to the mission of TIFF in giving platform to filmmakers who presents powerful and compelling stories through their artwork. See you at the cinema!

Jury Members

Bryan Burk

Bryan Burk

Producer

For nearly two decades, producer Bryan Burk has left an indelible mark on the film and television industry. In 2001, Burk partnered with J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot Productions, producing award-winning shows, including “Alias”, “Lost”, “Fringe”, “Person of Interest”, “Stephen King’s 11.22.63”, and “Westworld”. Burk and Abrams’ camaraderie expanded into feature films with the release of Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield. This was followed by 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Burk and Abrams also produced Brad Bird’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Christopher McQuarrie’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, both with fellow producer Tom Cruise, as well as Super 8 with producer Steven Spielberg. In 2015, Burk produced Star Wars: The Force Awakens with Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy. Last year, Burk produced Jane for National Geographic, which went on to win multiple Best Documentary Awards, including the Critics’ Choice, Producers Guild, and the National Board of Review.

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At a very young age, I became obsessed with movies – not just seeing them, but making them. Before I was even a teenager, I knew I was going to dedicate my life, in one way or another, to being in the film business.
Nearly 30 years ago, I visited Japan for the first time, which ignited a new obsession. The people, the culture, the history, the food – let alone the awe-inspiring cinema – made me a lifelong devotee of all things Japanese. When I was asked to be a juror at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival, the opportunity to combine these two passions was a dream I could never have imagined. This is a true honor, and I am grateful to participate in such a world renowned event.
Taraneh Alidoosti

Taraneh Alidoosti

Actress

She began her acting career at age 17 with the leading role in I'm Taraneh, 15 (Rasul Sadr Ameli, 2002). Critics praised her performance as a defiant 15-year-old girl who after a failed relationship is determined to rear a child on her own, while struggling with poverty and social stigma. She won the Bronze Leopard for Best Actress from the Locarno International Film Festival in 2002, as well as the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress from the 20th Fajr Film Festival, becoming the youngest person ever to do so. Shortly after she set another record, getting nominated three consecutive times for the best actress prize at the Fajr Film Festival for her first three films. Since then she has maintained a steady but selective work flow in both theater and cinema. She is mostly known for her choosy criteria in accepting challenging, dramatic roles, as exemplified by her long collaboration with Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi, making her one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation. A prominent actress in Iran, she has bagged many awards and accolades.

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As a child, or even in the crucial years of young adolescence, I was never a movie nerd. Probably not even a movie fan ― not more than any other teenage girl that would follow up with blockbusters or famous foreign films. My father has always been a serious film enthusiast, so this might have played a role in my overall sense of closeness to cinema. But I found myself professionally involved with the main movie scene of my country at a very young age. It happened the instant I decided to try it. I still wonder about the odds of it today. Since then, it's been a love-and-hate relationship. I have always enjoyed acting. It's been grand to me to be a storyteller. Be it seeing the job as a way to translate people's emotions for a greater cause, or be it being a puppet who would make a child laugh out loud, acting meant something to me. In the long run, I found what makes cinema so great is not the size of its magical screen; but its vast space for all sort of people to fit in and feel close to each other. At least that's still what draws me to it, and therefore I can never be thankful enough for having the privilege to feel so many good movies from such closeness.
Stanley Kwan

Stanley Kwan

Director/Producer

Rouge, Stanley Kwan’s third film, won him a substantial international audience. After that, Actress won the Best Actress prize at the Berlin Film Festival for Maggie Cheung and Hold You Tight won both the Alfred Bauer prize for innovation and the Teddy Award for best lesbian/gay feature, again in Berlin. In 2001, he was awarded Best Director at the Golden Horse Film Festival for Lanyu. Directing as well as producing, he is now one of the most prominent players within the Hong Kong film industry. Stanley Kwan's most recent film First Night Nerves will make its world premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival this year.

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Whenever Tokyo is mentioned, I think about the time when I was in university. The teacher in my film class recommended me to watch Tokyo Story by Director Yasujirō Ozu. My father died young. He left behind my family when I was only 13. After watching Tokyo Family in my room, I was deeply moved by the overwhelming wave of emotions. An old Chinese saying echoed in my brain: "The tree wants to remain quiet, but the wind will not stop; the son wants to serve his parents, but they are no longer there". How I wish my father was still alive, so me and my siblings can fulfill our filial duty. After the passing of my father, my mother gave me, the eldest child in the family, doted on me, but she was also harsher on me than on my siblings. When she found out I was spending my pocket money on going to the cinemas alone, she disciplined me. But behind her back, I still bought the cheapest movie tickets. I enjoyed being a dark theater by myself, admiring the gleaming lights projected on silver screen. I remember the cinemas back then were huge, but no matter how big of an audience there was, I could enjoy the sense of joy and security movies gave me, as if no one was around. That was my experience as a youth. That sense of security I've been talking about didn't change even after I began making movies. I truly felt a sense of security almost as if I was protected by the film crew and creative team. As a director, I can focus on creating my movies without interruption. And that's why I always say that these two scenarios give me the biggest sense of security. I look forward to being a jury at Tokyo IFF, especially that it gives me yet another opportunity to enjoy watching movies, uninterrupted.
Kaho Minami

Kaho Minami

Actress

Debuted with the 1984 Oguri Kohei film Kayako no tameni after successfully auditioning for the heroine role. Won the 32nd Blue Ribbon Award Best Supporting Actress with Yumemi-dori no hitobito (1989, directed by Azuma Morisaki), and the 19th Takasaki Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Award with Backdrop of My Papa (2004, directed by Toshio Lee). Major film credits include The Katsuragi Muder Case by Masaaki Akahori, Kabukicho Love Hotel by Ryuichi Hiroki, Family X by Koki Yoshida, Sketches of Kaitan City by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri, The Geisha House by Kinji Fukasaku, and others. She expanded her field to the US with Masterless by Craig Shimahara and Oh Lucy! by Atsuko Hirayanagi. Theater credits include “Parm ya sumire” directed by Yoshinobu Tei, “The Greeks” by Yukio Ninagawa, “Mary Stuart” by Amon Miyamoto, “Macbeth” by Alexandru Darie, “Glass no dobutsuen” by Shinichi Kamoshita, “Romeo and Juliet” by Tamasaburo Bando, and others. Published “Nemuru mae ni ohanashi futatsu” and “Shunkan kofuku”. In recent years, she has devoted time to giving readings of children’s books, mainly in disaster-stricken areas such as Tohoku and Kumamoto.

Message
Following my previous participation in the Tokyo International Film Festival, at the 11th edition with The Geisha House and the 23rd edition with Sketches of Kaitan City , I am looking forward to joining the festival again, this time as a juror. Since the 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake, I have spoken with many people in the disaster-stricken area. During the period in which they lived in shelters and watched news every day, they told me that they wanted to watch movies and dramas. I was questioning myself helplessly, wondering if my profession as an actress meant anything in the face of natural disaster, and this was the moment when I realized that stories are essential for human life. I feel happy to plunge into a collection of films and stories from all over the world. Wishing the 31st Tokyo International Film Festival a great success, I will commit myself to doing the best I can.

Members of the Jury Asian Future

Best Asian Future Film Award
The Spirit of Asia Award by the Japan Foundation Asia Center

Jérémy Segay

Jérémy Segay

UniFrance / Representative for Japan, Korea & South-East Asia

Jérémy Segay is the representative of UniFrance for Japan, Korea and South-East Asia. He previously was involved as a programmer in festivals such as Deauville Asian Film Festival, Cannes Director's Fortnight and Paris Cinema. He also curated retrospectives for museums such as Centre Pompidou and National Museum of Singapore. From 2011, he spent five years working in cultural diplomacy in Taipei.

Pete Teo

Pete Teo

Musician/Actor/Filmmaker

Pete Teo is one of the most prominent artists in Malaysia. Although he first gained popularity as a singer-songwriter and film composer, his subsequent work as filmmaker helped change the Malaysian political landscape and prompted CNN to honor him as one of “135 Asians To Watch” in popular culture. When not making films or music, he runs an idyllic organic farm near Kuala Lumpur.

Nobuhiro Yamashita

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Nobuhiro Yamashita

Film Director

After his "loser-guy" trilogy, including Hazy Life (1999), Nobuhiro Yamashita had a smash hit with Linda Linda Linda (2005). Since then, he has blended auteurism with entertaining elements in his films, including A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007), My Back Pages (2011), The Drudgery Train (2012), Moratorium Tamako (2013), La La La at Rock Bottom (2015), and My Uncle (2016). His latest film, Hard Core, opens on November 23, 2018.

Japanese Cinema Splash

Best Picture Award
Best Director Award

Paolo Bertolin

Paolo Bertolin

Directors' Fortnight / Programmer

Paolo Bertolin is a festival programmer, film writer and producer. He recently joined the selection committee of Directors' Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival. For ten years he served as selector and regional consultant for Venice Film Festival. Paolo’s production credits include Berlinale Competition films Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories and A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery.

Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan

San Francisco International Film Festival / Executive Director

Noah Cowan has been Executive Director of SFFILM since 2014. Under his leadership, the organization has significantly expanded the scope of its annual film festival, the breadth of its year-round film exhibition programs, and the reach of its artist development initiatives. He joined SFFILM following roles as Artistic Director of TIFF Bell Lightbox and Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Yu Irie

Yu Irie

Film Director

Yu Irie's 2009 feature, 8000 Miles (SR: Saitama no Rapper), won a number of awards including the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award. He directed Ringing in Their Ears in 2011, which earned him the New Directors Award at the Takasaki Film Festival. Irie's remarkable filmography also includes Hibi Rock: Puke Afro and the Pop Star, Joker Game, The Sun, Memoirs of a Murderer, and Vigilante.

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