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Israeli film claims top prize at Tokyo festival

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An Israeli film about a boy in the 1960s who stops growing for three years claimed the top prize at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival.

“Intimate Grammar” was awarded the $50,000 Sakura Grand Prix from among 15 competitors from over 80 countries and regions.

It tells the story of Aaron, the son of a Holocaust survivor who seeks refinement and art amid an increasingly militant society.

Host country Japan, despite giving the world film greats such as Akira Kurosawa, is far from immune to the cinema world’s woes and has seen movie attendance drift down over the past decade.

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via Reuters

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