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Bosnian, German Films Win in Tokyo

November 10, 1997

TOKYO (AP) _ A Bosnian film about life after the loss of one’s family and a German film about growing up with deaf parents shared the Grand Prize on Monday at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival.

``Perfect Circle,″ directed by Sarajevo native Ademir Kenovic, is the story of two brothers, aged 7 and 9, who take refuge with a poet who also has lost most of his family in the Bosnian war.

``I saw horror, destruction, killing and torture. ... My way of fighting against that was to make a film which will be tender, simple, exciting,″ Kenovic said. He also won the prize for best director.

Sharing the top prize was Caroline Link, who directed ``Beyond Silence,″ about a girl raised by deaf parents who decides to become a clarinet player.

``I wanted to depict the difficulties and the joys experienced when we discover that thing called destiny and decide to follow it, even though it may hurt those we love most,″ Link said. She and co-writer Beth Serlin also won the best screenplay award.

Rene Liu and Jing Tseng shared the best actress award for co-starring in Taiwanese director Lin Cheng-sheng’s ``Murmur of Youth,″ about two young women, one poor, one middle-class, their contrasting home lives and their chance meeting.

Japan’s Koji Yakusho was named best actor for his work in Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ``Cure,″ a study of insanity beneath the polite veneer of everyday life.

In this year’s young cinema competition, the gold prize went to Iranian director Parviz Shahbazi for ``The Traveler from the South,″ a film about a chance meeting and brief friendship between a teen-age boy and an elderly woman.

On Sunday, the ``Bad Movie,″ directed by South Korean Chang Sun-woo, 55, won the first Asian Film Award. Censored in its home country, the movie describes the dark side of South Korean society through the experiences of aberrant youths and homeless people.

Although the Tokyo Film Festival lacks the prestige of the festivals at Cannes and Berlin, more than 100,000 people attended the event this year.

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