Director Masato Harada's "Waga Haha no Ki " / わが母の記( English title "Chronicle of My Mother"), a film based on an autobiographical novel by Yasushi Inoue, has been awarded a special jury award at the 35th Montreal World Film Festival on Aug 28. Koji Yakusho plays the novelist, and Kirin Kiki play the mother. Aoi Miyazaki works once again with Yakusho, playing his daughter. The film is scheduled to be released next year in Japan. Harada released a statement: "I was very pleased to hear such bright news amid the gloomy atmosphere in Japan. It's a privilege that people in Montreal felt empathy for the story of family ties."