Chinese director Liu Jie’s film De Lan won the Golden Goblet, the top award at the recently concluded Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). The movie, which is set in the 1980s, tells the story of a young Han Chinese man who enters the Tibetan community.
The jury, led by its chairman, Serbian film director Emir Kusturica, praised De Lan to be a “simple and exciting film where incredible conflicts emerge from the extremely simple plot and uplift the story to an emotional incident”.
Italian film See You in Texas by Vito Palmieri won the Grand Jury Award while Finnish director Antti Jokinen won the Best Film Director Award for Flower of Evil.
For the acting awards, Chinese actor Liu Ye won Best Male Actor for his performance in Cock and Bull, a black comedy and crime thriller written and directed by Cao Baoping. Japanese actress Naomi Fujiyama won Best Female Actor for her role in The Project, directed by Junji Sakamoto.
Aside from new releases home and abroad, the festival also featured vintage films that were digitally restored. John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow had a special show at the Shanghai Grand Theater during the festival. The crime film, which was made
Sir Ian McKellen and Chinese actor Jiao Huang perform a scene from one of Shakespeare's works at the opening of SIFF.