“KOTOKO” Comment for that it won Jury prize for outstanding performance in cinematic language, Cocco and Shiya Tsukamoto(KOTOKO, Japan) in 15th Talinn Black Night Film Festival
Comment for that it won Jury prize for outstanding performance in cinematic language, Cocco and Shiya Tsukamoto(KOTOKO, Japan) in 15th Talinn Black Night Film Festival, Estonia 2011/11/16-11/30
The 15th Black Nights Film Festival held in Tallinn, Estonia, last night honoured the Japanese film Kotoko as the International Competition jury gave it a Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance in Cinematic Language awarded to director Shinya Tsukamoto and star Cocco. The film is a powerful and controversial glimpse into the darker sides of the human psyche and subconscious in it’s telling of the story of woman suffering from dark visions after an attack of post-natal depression.
■The Asian films programmer Black Nights Film Festival Sten-Kristjan Saluveer said: The awarding of such an outstading and controversial films such as Kotoko with this special jury award is a proud for Black Nights as we have always striven to show new and exciting works of Japanese cinema. It not only demonstrates the quality of the film but also shows the great opportunitities also for independent Japanese films in North-Eastern Europe. We look forward to supporting more works form Shniya Tsukamoto and many others over the coming years,“
■Jury members Juanita Wilson and Sergei Loznitsa said: The award has traditionally gone under the title of ’Best Cinematographer’ but we decided that the unique way in which the film managed to combine the cinematography with the intense performances of Shinya Tsukamoto and Cocco were deserving of the title “Outstanding Performance in Cinematic Language“. Kotoko was awarded for the way it captured emotion in a unique and physical way“
Kotoko will walk away with a Bronze Wolf, a beautifully designed statue of the mascot of the Black Nights Film Festival. The award was accepted on behalf of the winners by Takenari Maeda, the Head of International Co-Productions at UniJapan.
Release date in Japan : 2012 Spring