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Two Hong Kong political movies win at Taiwan Golden Horse Awards

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TAIPEI: Two Hong Kong movies that solid an uncomfortable highlight on China received accolades at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards on Saturday (Nov 21), because the island staged its largest movie competition after efficiently containing the coronavirus.

Whereas many movie festivals have been pressured largely on-line or cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Golden Horse Awards – dubbed the Chinese language-language Oscars – went forward in Taiwan which has seen simply 611 infections and 7 deaths.

US-based Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and Chinese language American actress Bai Ling, wearing a pink robe with an extended prepare studying Love Peace, have been among the many legion of entertainers who walked down the pink carpet forward of the ceremony in Taipei’s Solar Yat-sen memorial corridor.

Chinese American actress Bai Ling was among the stars at the 57th Golden Horse film awards in Taipei
Chinese language American actress Bai Ling was among the many stars on the 57th Golden Horse movie awards in Taipei AFP/SAM YEH

Chinese language cinematic abilities used to dominate the Golden Horse nominations however the competition has fallen sufferer to the deteriorating relations between Beijing and Taipei.

China boycotted the occasion final yr after a Taiwanese director known as for the island’s independence throughout an award acceptance speech the yr earlier than.

This yr featured simply two nominations from mainland China – a documentary and an animated quick movie. Each didn’t win any prize.

The wins by Misplaced Course on the southern Chinese language village of Wukan that turned an emblem of resistance in opposition to corruption in 2011 in addition to Night time is Younger a few taxi driver’s experiences throughout final yr’s pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong are more likely to rile Beijing.

“Being recognised by the Golden Horse actually means lots for a brand new director … I additionally wish to thank the villagers for accepting me so I used to be privileged to shoot and doc them at shut distance,” Hong Konger Jill Li instructed the viewers as she acquired her finest documentary award.

Hong Kong director Kwok Zune didn’t accumulate his finest quick movie statuette in particular person however in an acceptance speech learn out by a consultant, he declared “Might freedom belong to the folks. Night time is younger, we carry on combating. Save 12,” referring to 12 Hong Kong democracy activists being detained in China.

Hong Kong was rocked by months of large and generally violent protests final yr in opposition to the tightening grip of Beijing, which has since imposed a sweeping nationwide safety regulation on town.

Taiwanese director Chen Yu-hsun’s romantic comedy “My Lacking Valentine,” which led the race with 11 nominations, was the night time’s largest winner taking 5 gongs together with finest movie and finest director.

Taiwan’s 81-year-old Chen Shu-fang, who has been within the trade for 63 years, claimed each finest main actress (Little Huge Ladies) and finest supporting actress (Pricey Tenant).

The most effective actor class was essentially the most numerous, with Taiwan’s Mo Tzu-yi defeating rivals together with Singapore’s Mark Lee (No 1) and Hong Kong’s Lam Ka-tung (Hand Rolled Cigarette) for taking part in a homosexual man suspected of murdering his deceased lover’s mom.

Record of winners in key classes:

Greatest Characteristic Movie: My Lacking Valentine

Greatest Director: Chen Yu-hsun, My Lacking Valentine

Greatest Main Actor: Mo Tzu-yi, Pricey Tenant

Greatest Main Actress: Chen Shu-fang, Little Huge Ladies

Greatest Documentary: Misplaced Course

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