The Philippines, Iran, and Russia were the winners of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet Awards as its films snagged the top prizes.
Filipino drama Pedicab (Pauwi Na) won the Best Feature Film award. According to the jury, the film won “for the humanism and universality of the story, for the simplicity of the style and realization – for the non-conformism with which it represented our desire to believe that there is a sense in this Universe.”
Iran’s Yellow and Russia’s Kharms won two prizes each. The former won the Jury Grand Prix and Best Actress for Sarah Bayat. The jury praised the film for “restrained, naturalistic cinematography and subtle editing [that] keep our attention squarely on outstanding actor performances oozing with desperation, as the director explores ideas of love, loyalty and friendship as they crumble under ever more intense pressures.”
Kharms – a biopic about poet Daniil Yuvachev (or Daniel Kharms) – won the Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography prizes. The film is a co-production between Russia, Lithuania, and Macedonia.
Maciej Pieprzyca won the Best Director prize for I Am A Killer, about a detective who leads the investigation into catching a serial killer in 1970s Poland.
Winning the Best Actor award for Cai Shangjun’s The Conformist (冰之下), Huang Bo is the sole Chinese winner of the competition. The jury chose Huang for “minimalism in expressing complex emotions and thoughts, for his contribution to this intense observational narrative.” Huang joked that his award experiences taught him that acting in comedies will get him nowhere. He also revealed during his speech that he’s currently working on his directorial debut.
Romania’s Fault Condition won the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award. When Paul Came Over The Sea – Journal of an Encounter won the Best Documentary award. Loving Vincent won the Best Animation award.
Meanwhile, Edko’s youth comedy My Shining Days (閃光少女) won five award in the Media Awards sidebar: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Liu Yongxi), Best New Director (Wang Ran), and Best New Actress (Xu Lu). Basketball player Stephon Marbury won the Best New Actor award for autobiographical drama My Other Home (我是馬布里).