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Iranian film wins Golden Goblet at Shanghai International Film Festival

06-26-2012 10:36 BJT

● The best film award went to the 2009 Iranian production "The Bear"

● Shanghai International Film Festival is favorated by film makers, actors and fans

● The Festival will lead to opportunities for Chinese and foreign film makers to work on joint productions

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The nine-day-long Shanghai International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday night, and already movie fans are saying they can’t wait for next year’s visual feast of hundreds of films from different cultures.

The best film award went to the 2009 Iranian production "The Bear," directed by Khosrow Masoumi. Russian stage actor Vladas Bagdonas won as best actor for his role as an artist in "The Conductor " - his first film performance. Ursula Pruneda from Mexico took away the best actress award for playing a grieving mother in "The Dream of Lu," and China’s own Gao Quanshu won the best director award for "Detective Hunter Zhang".

Charlotte Rampling, a British actress says, "The Shanghai Festival is regarded as an important festival, so therefore the prizes are important. It’s a prestigious acknowledgement of who you are as an artist, and this is always terribly important."

The best film award went to the 2009 Iranian production
"The Bear," directed by Khosrow Masoumi.

With more than 300 movies from some 160 countries screened during the past week, some fans competed to show off their ticket stubs for the dozens of movies they managed to see, sometimes as many as four a day. With that many films, there were bound to be occasional problems.

Zhang Qian, a movie fan says, "Some movies’ translated subtitles were wrong. And some movies I wanted to see were not included this year."

Huang Kai, a film maker says, "When one of my films was promised to be screened, you don’t just pull if off half way through and change to another film. That shows no respect for anyone."

Despite occasional glitches with things like subtitles and schedules, film makers and fans are still enthusiastic about this annual event, and they say they hope it will continue to get better.

Lu Yan, an actress says, "I came for the first festival, and I can see the improvements and all the scope of the festival, and most important of all is that it cultivated the audience of Shanghai."

Russian stage actor Vladas Bagdonas won as best actor for his role
as an artist in "The Conductor " - his first film performance.

Zhang Yang, a Jury member of Shanghai Int’l Film Festival says, "I think the film festival should have a permanent organizing committee instead of a temporary one. And because Shanghai is such a big city, it’d be much easier to concentrate the film screenings and activities in one smaller area. Many of the world’s film festivals including Cannes or Venice are in small towns, so that the atmosphere would be better and the logistics would work out more easily."

And one French film critic says the Cannes event is actually a problem for Shanghai.

Jean-Michel Frodon, a film critic says, "A lot of great directors would love to come here, but now it’s like coming after Cannes Film Festival, and they cannot take films from Cannes, so they have to take a lower level film. And I think it is not fair for the audience here because it’s important for Shanghai people to have access to many foreign films."

About a thousand journalists were at this year’s event. Despite the widespread coverage, organizers say that whether the Shanghai Film Festival will lead to opportunities for Chinese and foreign film makers to work on joint productions, is up to the individual film makers themselves.

Ursula Pruneda from Mexico took away the best actress award for
playing a grieving mother in "The Dream of Lu,".

China’s own Gao Quanshu won the best director award for "Detective
Hunter Zhang".

 

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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