After 9 days gorging on a diet of international cinema (and more than a few Subway sandwiches between screenings) my coverage of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival has reached its conclusion.
The Golden Goblet Awards for Best Film and Best Actor went to Turkish drama HAYDE BRE, while the Jury Grand Prix and Best Director goblet went to China’s offbeat HELLO MR TREE. Tiwa Moeithaisong’s vivid cinematography for FRIDAY KILLER was awarded, too, and Yuthlert Sippapak’s riveting genre exploration finally took home the Jury Award.
In the Asian New Talent Award, Taiwanese Yung-Shing Teng received the Best Director award for his deeply felt portrait of migrant workers in Shanghai, RETURN TICKET, and Japanese offerings, KASAAN MOM’S LIFE and BIRTHRIGHT were awarded Best Film and the Special Jury Prize, respectively.
In summary of SIFF 2011 (and to indulge an unhealthy addiction to list-making) I’ve compiled a list, below, of all the festival films I’ve reviewed on FOEC, ranked in order of preference and divided by my three levels of enthusiasm.
- RETURN TICKET (China)
- MAYA (Albania)
- THE SUN BEATEN PATH (China)
- 7 SINS FORGIVEN (India)
- BANGKOK TRAFFIC (LOVE) STORY (Thailand)
- ON TOUR (France)
- 33 POSTCARDS (Australia/China)
Though the Shanghai Film Festival is over FOEC will continue in the form of 13 TREASURES, a 13-stop stroll around the bend of contemporary world cinema; ANIMATION CULT, a column on those films and artists that stand-out within even the highly idiosyncratic world of animation; larger analytical articles and, when time and festival accreditation permits, further international festival coverage.
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