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‘Japanese Dog’ competes at San Sebastian Film Festival



The San Sebastian Film Festival is one of the major events of the cinema worldwide.
The ‘Japanese Dog,’ the feature film debut of director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, was elected in the ‘New Directors’ section of the International Film festival of San Sebastian that will be organised during September 20–28, Mediafax reports.
The 61st edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival, which dates back since 1953, is among the most important cinema events of the world. The previous editions hosted the premieres of films like ‘Vertigo’ by Alfred Hitchcock, ‘Melinda and Melinda’ by Woody Allen and ‘Star Wars.’
The ‘Japanese Dog’ competes for the award of the ‘New Directors’ section, dedicated to the directors who are at their first or second feature movie of the career. The award is granted by an international jury and consists in EUR 50,000, offered to the director and the Spanish distributor of the film.
The film directed by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu tells the moving story of the reconciliation between a father and his son, who left the country many years ago.
The film marks the return of Victor Rebengiuc in a main role. Besides Rebengiuc, the cast also includes Serban Pavlu, Kana Hashimoto, Ioana Abur, Constantin Draganescu, Alexandrina Halic and Laurentiu Lazar.
Tudor Cristian Jurgiu graduated UNATC, the Film and TV Directors Section in 2009. The same year he directed the short movie ‘Oli’s Wedding,’ produced also by Libra Film, which brought him many awards like that for the best short film at the Leeds Festival, the Best Romanian Film at the NexT 2009 Festival, the best short film at the Anonimul 2009 Festival and the Gopo Award for the best short film of the year. The latest short movie, ‘In the fish tank,’ reaped the 3rd Prize of the Cinefondation section of Cannes 2013.
The ‘Japanese Dog’ is produced by Libra Film, with support of the National Centre for Cinematography, HBO Romania and the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

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