Doc­u­men­tary among win­ners

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More than 400 films from all over the world were shown in 45 cine­mas at the 18th an­nual Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (SIFF) from June 13 to 21.

A jury panel led by Rus­sian di­rec­tor An­drey Zvyag­int­sev chose the Golden Gob­let Award win­ners. The Night Watch­man, a film pro­duced in France and Bel­gium, won the award for best fea­ture film, and Carte Blanche from Poland won the jury grand prix.

Cao Baop­ing, di­rec­tor of Chi­nese film The Dead End, won the award for best di­rec­tor. Three ac­tors: Deng Chao, Duan Yi­hong and Guo Tao shared the award for best ac­tor for their per­for­mance in The Dead End.

Krista Koso­nen from Fin­land, who played the lead­ing role in The Mid­wife, won the award for best ac­tress.

The Verse of Us was the only doc­u­men­tary from China among the nom­i­nees up for the best doc­u­men­tary film, and won the award. This is the maiden work from Wu Feiyue and Qin Xiaoyu. The first doc­u­men­tary film in China to be made with public fund­ing on the In­ter­net, The Verse of Us tells the story of tal­ented work­ing class po­ets in con­tem­po­rary China. They are min­ers, seam­stresses, rock blasters and so on, who find con­so­la­tion from hard la­bor and dif­fi­cul­ties in life.

Pro­ducer of the film Wu Xiaobo said doc­u­men­taries have had only a mar­ginal mar­ket in China, and he hoped to take the film on tour to ma­jor univer­si­ties and com­mer­cial pro­jec­tion in public cine­mas.

“China has 230 mil­lion work­ers at present. We be­lieve it is im­por­tant for peo­ple to learn their sto­ries from their own per­spec­tive,” he said.

from Fin­land who played the lead­ing role in The

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