27 de nov de 2006

Asian Film Festivals

The winners list for the 11th annual Pusan International Film Festival (Korea):

Chinese director Yang Heng's debut feature, Betelnut, received the New Currents Award at the Festival, along with Malaysia's Love Conquers All, from director Chen Cuimei.

Betelnut follows the daily paces of two teenage boys in a riverside city in Hunan province - stealing motorcycles, chatting up girls and basically killing time in a backwater town where nothing ever happens.

Hong Kong actor, singer and producer Andy Lau was named Asian Filmmaker of the Year.

4° World Film Festival of Bangkok Awards (October 11-23/2006)

Best Film: Hong Kong's Isabella , directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, focuses on a new-found relationship between a father and his long-lost daughter, who he initially picks up as a one-night stand.

Best Script: Seeds of Doubt (Germany), the first feature of young Arab-German director Samir Nasr, which won two prizes at the Cairo film festival. It centres on the effects of 9/11 on the marriage of an Arab man and German girl and is told with compelling intensity.

Best Cinematography: Climate (Turkey) by brilliant director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, screened at Cannes where his earlier film Distance won two prizes. Climate is about the break-up of a marriage, during which the seasons outside reflect the turmoil of the protagonists, played by none other than the director and his wife.

Special Jury Prize: 12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania), which won the Camera d' Or Award at Cannes for its portrayal of the ousting of Romanian dictator Ceausescu as seen through the eyes of two ordinary individuals on a TV talk show.

People's Choice award: The Banquet (China), the opening film of the festival.

The Produire Au Sud film work-shop, which consisted of six film-maker teams from Southeast Asia, awarded Best Script to the young producer-director team of John Babalu Matulatan and Lucky Kuswandi from Indonesia for their script In the Absence of the Sun.

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