Nicolas Provost’s short film Tokyo Giants has nabbed the main prize at Zinebi – the International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (15-22 November). This is the second award in the space of seven days for Tokyo Giants, which also screened at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles last week.

Tokyo GiantsLiving and working in New York nowadays, Provost wasn’t able to attend the Bilbao awards ceremony but thanked attendees via a video message for offering him the festival’s main prize.

Set in the hyper kinetic streets of Tokyo, the short film is the final chapter in Provost’s Plot Point trilogy. After Plot Point (2007), for which the filmmaker shot on the streets of New York, and Stardust (2010), which was filmed in Las Vegas, he took his hidden camera to Tokyo in search of the mystery of reality. Subverting dramaturgical conventions, Provost presents the man in the street as the protagonist of the film. A serial killer, a rapist, a terrorist, a cult, the Yakuza – their paths all cross and merge into a powerful climax that cannot be resolved.

Premiering worldwide at the Rotterdam International Film Festival earlier this year, Tokyo Giants received further invitations from festivals including Seoul International NewMedia Festival, Winterthur International Short Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma and, closer to home, the Film Fest Ghent. Last week, the experimental short finished third in the European short film competition of Alcine – Festival de Cine Alcalá de Henaris near Madrid. In total, the Plot Point trilogy has scooped over 20 international awards so far, including a nomination for the European Film Awards.

Bilbao, celebrating its 55th anniversary, invited Tokyo Giants for its International Competition, which also included Bülent Öztürk’s Houses With Small Windows and the animation short Norman by Robbe Vervaeke. The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire was programmed in the fest’s ‘Memory and Oblivion’ section. Last year, one of the Bilbao prize winners included Oh Willy…, Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’ highly praised stop-motion short.

Nicolas Provost scripted, directed and produced Tokyo Giants in which the inhabitants and visitors of Tokyo form the main cast, complemented by Miet Warlop and Johan Rooms. The Plot Point trilogy as well as Houses With Small Windows, Norman and The Wave were able to count on support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Saturday 23 November 2013

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