Hollywood Glamour In Tokyo For Film Festival

The film, he said, is being made “with much more heart than money.” “Part of what we want to do with ‘Refugio’ is to open a breach in order to continue telling more stories, to win some sort of credibility and be able to put different studios and actors on the table,” said the actor. Hollywood Latino power Bichir, who played Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” saga and had a role in Oliver Stone’s Mexican drug cartel film “Savages,” divides his time between Los Angeles and Mexico City. “I think that we Latino actors in Hollywood are very much needed but it will be more interesting when we generate our own projects,” he said. Actor Demian Bichir attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2013 Installation Luncheon at He said the growing clout of Hispanic actors in Tinseltown has nothing to do with “the Hollywood dream.” “It has more to do with an adventurous spirit. For me, opening a path to the United States was hard work and I am where I am thanks to hard work, not talent,” he said. But the prizes he won at the Screen Actors Guild ceremony and Independent Spirit Award for his performance in a “A Better Life” tell a different story. He now stars in the new FX series “The Bridge” as a Mexican detective based in the drug violence-torn border city of Ciudad Juarez who teams up with a US homicide cop, played by Diane Kruger. Mexico’s drug violence “The big, stressful problem in Mexico right now is violence,” Bichir said. More than 70,000 people have died amid bloody turf battles between drug cartels in Mexico since 2006, with more than 10,000 of those deaths in Ciudad Juarez alone. The surge in violence coincided with the deployment of troops by then president Felipe Calderon, who sent 50,000 soldiers to the streets to crack down on gangs after taking office in December 2006. “The problems is this stupid war that was started by the former president, who now gives classes at Harvard,” he said, referring to the academic job that Calderon was given by the US elite university after he left office in December 2012. “Imagine, such wonderful prestige for this institution,” he said with sarcasm. Bichir also had harsh words for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose electoral victory last year marked the return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) after a 12-year absence from the presidency.

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The international film section will award the “Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix” and carries with it a $50,000 pay-cheque, while the new “Best Asian Future Film Award” section, aimed at showcasing Asian and Middle Eastern films, offers a $10,000 purse. The nine-day event begins on Thursday with the screening of Hong Kong horror flick “Rigor Mortis” directed by Juno Mak, which is in the running for the “Asian Future” award. Hong Kong director Juno Mak pictured at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada on Septemb US heavyweight father-and-daughter pairing Francis and Sofia Ford Coppola are likely to be a big draw for punters, with Sofia’s latest directorial offering “The Bling Ring” being shown in the special screening section for high-profile films. “Since the very first TIFF in 1985,… (it) has been a platform for talented young filmmakers to win international recognition and find inspiration,” organisers said in a statement. Past award winners include Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, whose film, “Babel” won the Prix de la Mise en Scene, (Best Director Award) at Cannes in 2006, and Michel Hazanavicius, whose film, “The Artist” won five Academy Awards in 2012. Chief judge, Chinese director Chen Kaige, said in a video message: “We all understand that good films require talent. Without talent nothing can be done. “But sometimes I feel like… there is something even more important than the talent, which is the unique personal understanding of the world. Directors Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of “The Bling Ri “But strange(ly) enough… most of (the) time we could only find this kind of unique understanding of the world in the early age of a filmmaker’s career. So that’s why we want to pay very close attention to young filmmakers’ works,” he said. The appointment of a Chinese head of the judging panel comes as Japan and China are at loggerheads over the sovereignty of a chain of islands in the East China Sea, which Tokyo administers under the name Senkaku, but which Beijing claims as Diaoyu.

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