THE SOCIAL NETWORK and THE TOWN to Bookend 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival

     September 21, 2010


More announcements today from Tokyo: two Hollywood films will bookend the festival, which will open with director David Fincher’s The Social Network and close with Ben Affleck’s The Town. Both films are slated for a Japanese release in 2011. Ten films have also been announced for the World Cinema segment of the festival, including Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut Jack Goes Boating, and Roman Polanski’s Ghost Writer. Visionary French director Claude Chabrol, who passed away earlier this month, will be honored posthumously with a screening of his 2009 film Inspector Bellamy. Look for more news as the Tokyo International Film Festival swings into high gear in advance of its October 23rd opening. Full press release after the jump.

The-Social-Network-movie-poster-David FincherHere’s the press release:

The 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival to open with
“The Social Network” and close with “The Town”

Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) announced today that “The Social Network,” by the highly acclaimed director, David Fincher, has been selected as the opening film for the 23rd TIFF. The film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the world’s biggest social-networking website, “Facebook,” and stars Jessy Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. The closing film, “The Town,” the second directorial feature by Ben Affleck, is a compelling and powerful suspense-action film starring Ben Affleck,
Jeremy Renner, and Blake Lively.  The 23rd TIFF will be held from October 23-31, 2010 at Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.

*All announced programs will be updated on official website from tonight!

– Opening Film
“The Social Network”
Director: David Fincher
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, and Justin Timberlake
The film will be released by Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) on January 15, 2010.

– Closing Film
“The Town”
Director: Ben Affleck
Cast: Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, and Blake Lively
The film will be released by WARNER ENTERTAINMENT JAPAN in 2011.


The 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival pays tribute to the great French filmmaker Claude Chabrol

The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the lineup for this year’s WORLD CINEMA section. In addition to these ten films, “Bellamy”, will be shown as a tribute to the prolific grand master of French film, Claude Chabrol, who passed away in September 2010 at the age of 80.

– WORLD CINEMA section line-up
Essential Killing Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
The Ghost Writer Director: Roman Polanski
Guest Director: Jose Luis Guerin
Hands Up Director: Romain Goupil
Jack Goes Boating Director: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Of Gods and Men Director: Xavier Beauvois
The Solitude of Prime Numbers Director: Saverio Costanzo
The Temptation of St. Tony Director: Veiko Ounpuu
Thorn in the Heart Director: Michel Gondry
Winter’s Bone Director: Debra Granik

– Special Screening In Memory of Claude Chabrol
“Bellamy” (France, 2009)
Director: Claude Chabrol
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin, and Marie Bunel

A posthumous film by Claude Chabrol who passed away suddenly in September 2010. In a simple and refined style, the film portrays a detective on holiday, starring G. Depardieu, teaming up with Chabrol for the first time. The Nouvelle Vague giant, after a 50-year career, was still at his best.

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