The 19th Shanghai International Film Festival draws to a close
by Andrea Chung
- European productions such as Vito Palmieri’s See You in Texas, Antti Jokinen’s Flowers of Evil and more took home awards from the Chinese A-list festival
The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) concluded on 19 June, with awards being handed out at the ceremony held in the Shanghai Grand Theatre. The nine-day festival screened nearly 600 films, attracted more than 300,000 viewers and created a new box-office record of approximately €2.6 million – the highest yet for the festival.
The Golden Goblet Award for Best Feature Film went to the Chinese film De Lan, directed by Liu Jie, who has already won several prizes at the SIFF in the past, including Best Director and the Jury Grand Prix for Biluo xue shan in 2010, and Best Feature Film for Qing Chun Pai in 2012. The other two Chinese films in the main competition both won awards as well: Liu Ye won Best Actor for his performance in Cao Baoping’s Cock and Bull, and Guo Daming won Best Cinematography for his work on Zhang Yang’s Soul on a String.
Three of the seven European films or co-productions nominated took home awards: Italian director Vito Palmieri’s See You in Texas [+see also:
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film profile], and the German-Austrian co-production Hanna’s Sleeping Dogs [+see also:
film profile], written and directed by Andreas Gruber, won Best Screenplay. In addition, the German-Swedish-Swiss collaboration Ted Sieger’s Molly Monster [+see also:
film profile], directed by Ted Sieger, Michael Ekbladh and Matthias Bruhn, won Best Animation Film.
Other winners at the SIFF included Naomi Fujiyama, awarded Best Actress for her performance in the Japanese film The Projects by Junji Sakamoto, Filipino film Haze by Ralston Jover, which received the Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievements, and the Peruvian production When Two Worlds Collide by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel, which snagged Best Documentary Film.
Here is the complete list of the winners of the Golden Goblet Awards:
Best Feature Film
De Lan – Liu Jie
Liu Ye – Cock and Bull
Naomi Fujiyama – The Projects
Guo Daming – Soul on a String
Outstanding Artistic Achievements
Haze – Ralston Jover
Best Documentary Film
Two Worlds Collide – Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel