China’s ‘Os­cars’ full of sur­prises

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

FILMS from main­land China dom­i­nated this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards in Tai­wan, con­sid­ered the Chi­nese-lan­guage equiv­a­lent of the Os­cars, with two so­cial dra­mas scoop­ing up top hon­ours on Novem­ber 26.

Chi­nese di­rec­tor Zhang Dalei’s black-and-white film, The Sum­mer Is Gone, was the big­gest dark horse of the night, win­ning the cov­eted Best Pic­ture award.

“What should I say? I re­ally wasn’t ex­pect­ing this. It’s un­be­liev­able ... It’s like a pil­grim­age for me com­ing to Taipei,” Zhang said.

Ten-year-old Kong Weiyi was awarded best new per­former for his role in the film, which fol­lows a boy grow­ing up in a small town in west­ern China dur­ing the 1980s and 1990s.

China’s Feng Xiao­gang took the best di­rec­tor ti­tle for I Am Not Madame Bo­vary which stars top ac­tress Fan Bing­bing play­ing a peas­ant who sues her swindler ex-hus­band.

“I want to thank Bing­bing. She is a star and acts in this art film with­out tak­ing any pay­ment,” Feng said af­ter he re­ceived the award from French ac­tress Juli­ette Binoche.

“I hope to en­cour­age more stars to use their in­flu­ence to get the au­di­ences to go to the the­atres to watch movies,” he added.

The film scooped the best pic­ture prize at Spain’s San Se­bas­tian film fes­ti­val in Septem­ber, with Fan win­ning the best ac­tress gong.

But Fan, known to over­seas au­di­ences for her ap­pear­ance in X-Men: Days of Fu­ture Past, lost the Golden Horse best ac­tress ti­tle to fel­low Chi­nese stars Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun, who shared the hon­our for their per­for­mances as friends who fall for the same man in Soul Mate.

China’s Fan Wei was another sur­prise win­ner as he saw off bet­ter­known Hong Kong ri­vals Tony Le­ung Kai-fai and Jacky Che­ung as well as Tai­wan’s Kai Ko to win best ac­tor for his role as a slick farm man­ager in Mr No Prob­lem.

Crit­i­cally-ac­claimed im­mi­grant drama The Road to Man­dalay suf­fered the big­gest up­set of the night, scoop­ing only one award – for out­stand­ing Tai­wanese film­maker of the year – de­spite be­ing tipped to win in ma­jor cat­e­gories.

Nearly 50 films were nom­i­nated for the 53rd edi­tion of the Golden Horse awards.

Al­though the Golden Horse is styled on the US Academy Awards, the win­ners are de­cided by a jury, along the lines of the Cannes film fes­ti­val. –

Photo: AFP

Tai­wan ac­tor Austin Lin kisses a tro­phy af­ter win­ning Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tor dur­ing the 53rd Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei on Novem­ber 26.

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