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MR. TREE (China) directed by Han Jie

Shanghai’s 14th International Film Festival (SIFF) wrapped yesterday and announced the 2011 winners of the Golden Goblet Award. The Chinese movie “Mr. Tree” and “The Young Man Sings Folk Song in the Opposite Door” were the biggest winners

“Mr. Tree” received awards for Jury Grand Prix and Best Director; and  “The Young Man Sings Folk Song in the Opposite Door” grabbed three awards for Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Music.

Award for Best Feature Film
HAYDE BRE (Turkey) directed by Orhan Oguz
What attracted to us was its stark, honest, unflinching look at a mother dealing with a modern world and her separation from her rural background, a woman caught up in a changing world and the painful struggle she faces. The film was effective, sometimes disturbing, but always true to its intentions.

Jury Grand Prix
MR. TREE (China) directed by Han Jie
Mr.Tree, you’re almost blind and the weird position of your right hand to keep balance so you don’t fall. You are guilty of patricide, torn and twisted inside but you can see the fortune and lead the people. OK, we follow you.

Award for Best Director
Han Jie for MR. TREE (China)
Being clear and understandable with a complex theme while staying subtle to avoid being simplistic and having the ability to create abstract and mysterious emotion, that is an accomplished direction.

Award for Best Screenplay
Zhang Ming for THE YOUNG MAN SINGS FOLK SONG IN THE OPPOSITE DOOR (China)
There are elements we are always happy to find in a screenplay, such as a sense of truthfulness, hard to create but easy to recognize. The jury found all these qualities in the skilful and touching screenplay of the film.

Award for Best Actor
Sevket Emrulla in HAYDE BRE (Turkey)
Sevket Emrulla’s job in this film is just perfect, simple but full of meaning.

Award for Best Actress
Lv Xingchen in THE YOUNG MAN SINGS FOLK SONG IN THE OPPOSITE DOOR (China)
Your performance creates a true and mutative inner world of a modern Chinese woman, and enrichs the woman’s aspirations to its full extent. It is outstanding.

Award for Best Cinematography
Tiwa Moeithaisong for FRIDAY KILLER (Thailand)
The extremely exquisite combination of moving and tranquil scenes makes the film full of wit and humour, deeply impressing all of us.

Award for Best Music
Wen Zi for THE YOUNG MAN SINGS FOLK SONG IN THE OPPOSITE DOOR (China)
The film reminds that songs linger on when images are fading away, spirits resurrected when our flesh was betrayed and buried. Long live to lyrical voices from our lovers and ancestors.

Jury Award
FRIDAY KILLER (Thailand) directed by Yuthlert Sippapak
The jury was most entertained by a colorful, atmospheric, good-looking gangster epic paying open tribute to Quentin Tarantino.

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