Wins big­gest prize at SIFF

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

in 1986, stars Chow Yun-Fat, Les­lie Che­ung and Ti Lung. It was one of the di­rec­tor’s most rec­og­nized works and marks an im­por­tant page in the golden age of Hong Kong films.

The restora­tion was spon­sored by lux­ury watch maker Jaeger LeCoul­tre. The Swiss com­pany has over the years been work­ing with a se­ries of renowned film fes­ti­vals, spon­sor­ing vin­tage film restora­tion. The lat­est project it worked on is Out­side the Win­dow, which was made in Tai­wan in 1973.

With re­gard to the cri­te­ria for good films, Kus­turica said that “a good film is cre­ated, not pro­duced”. He com­pared film­mak­ing to paint­ing and said that as a film maker, his great­est dif­fi­culty was de­cid­ing “when to stop shoot­ing”. Dur­ing the news con­fer­ence on June 13, Kus­turica also said that while film­mak­ing has gone through many changes through the years, he be­lieves that films still need to have philo­soph­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

He added that box of­fice vol­umes no longer re­flect the qual­ity of a film and that he was dis­mayed by how film has be­come just another “prod­uct”. Kus­turica called on young film­mak­ers to re­visit the moral­ity, aes­thet­ics and the mean­ing of film it­self in or­der to pro­duce poignant works.

“Films are more than what you see with your eyes. It still in­volves lots of ide­al­ism, though nowa­days ide­al­ists are of­ten con­sid­ered fool­ish,” he said.

Kus­turica’s first visit to Shang­hai was in 2012 when he and his band No Smok­ing par­tic­i­pated in the West Bund Sum­mer Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. There, he per­formed Bella Ciao, which has for decades been one of China’s most pop­u­lar for­eign bal­lads.

The 62-year film­maker won the Best First Work Award at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val with his de­but fea­ture Do You Re­mem­ber Dolly Bell in 1981. His sec­ond fea­ture film When Fa­ther Was Away on Busi­ness earned him the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, as well as a nom­i­na­tion for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film at the Academy Awards. In 1995, his black com­edy Un­der­ground won the Palme d’Or as well.

Chi­nese film De Lan won the Golden Gob­let award at SIFF this year.

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