“The Ravine of Goodbye,” a Japanese film by director Tatsushi Omori, won Special Jury Prize at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival that ended on Saturday.
The movie presents the story of a couple involved in a rape case.
“I am so glad. Now I can go home holding my head high,” said Japanese director Omori while receiving the award.
Yoko Maki, the actress who acted the main role in the film, said she cried at the moment the award was announced. “We were able to make the film with an extremely good team. It made me want to continue as an actress for life, as long as such a wonderful team exists in the Japanese film (industry),” she said according to Kyodo news agency.
The best film award was won by “The Particle”, a drama by Turkish director and writer Erdem Tepegoz. The movie presents the struggling life of a working-class woman in Istanbul. The lead role was played by the Turkish actress Jale Arikan, who received the prize for best actress.
The leader of the festival jury was Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
Russian actor Alexei Shevchenkov won the best actor prize for his role in “Judas,” directed by Andrei Bogatyrev, while South Korean director Jung Young-heon won the best director award for “Lebanon Emotion.”