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Japan: Spotlight Country

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The 2016 Guanajuato International Film Festival, in its 19th edition, is proud to welcome Japan as its Guest of Honor. Over the last few decades, Japan has seen several generations of filmmakers come into the limelight with great international reception, accumulating awards in top-tier festivals, such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rotterdam, and Toronto, to name a few. Auteurs such as Naomi Kawase, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Hirokazu Koreeda have garnered awards and critical praise at such events, while the artistry of Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono, and Takashi Miike applied to genres films has rapidly grown their fanbase of cult-film lovers and festival goers alike. With the recent increase in film schools in Japan, the youngest generation continues with the tradition of high-caliber filmmaking in a wide range of genres and formats, while breaking new ground with their personal stories and styles.