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'Night Watchman’ best film as curtain falls on city festival
By Xu Wei

FRENCH and Belgian co-production “The Night Watchman” won the best feature film award as the credits rolled on the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival last night at the Shanghai Grand Theater.


Directed by Pierre Jolivet, the film is about a man who gradually becomes incapable of doing anything in the face of life’s trials and tribulations. The film’s direction and acting were highly praised by the Golden Goblet awards jury.

Accepting the award on behalf of the director, Belgian star Marc Zinga said: “We are very proud that the movie also touched the feeling of people in China. It is a great way of communication between people.”

Chinese director Cao Baoping earned the best director award for “The Dead End,” a suspense movie about the murder of a family.

The three Chinese actors in the movie — Deng Chao, Duan Yihong and Guo Tao — shared the best actor award.

“Film art is a magic that makes both actors and audiences believe that the characters do exist in the world,” said Deng.

The best actress award went to Finland’s Krista Kosonen for her portrayal of a woman who falls in love with a Nazi officer in “The Midwife.”

Kosonen, who is pregnant, extended her gratitude to the jury, her colleagues in the movie and her husband.

“It is one of the most important roles in my life,” said Kosonen. “I am so happy and grateful.”

American screenwriter Patrick Tobin won the best screenplay award for “Cake.”

Russian photographer Vladislav Opeliyants received the best cinematography award for “Sunstroke.”

Poland’s “Carte Blanche” took the Jury Grand Prix.

South Korean movie “The Shameless” won for outstanding artistic achievement.

Best documentary was Chinese production “The Verse of Us” while “Song of the Sea,” a co-production by Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France and Luxembourg, took the award for best animation film.

The 82-year-old Chinese actress Xia Meng received a lifetime achievement award for a screen career that began with 1951 comedy “A Night-Time Wife” and ended with “Oh, The Spring Is Here” in 1967 before she moved into production.

French actress Sophie Marceau and British actress Rosamund Pike were at yesterday’s gala.

Pike, whose Chinese name is Pei Chunhua, told fans she was studying Mandarin and hoped to work with Chinese directors.

“Ballet In Flames of War,” a Sino-Russian co-production based on events during China’s War of Resistance against Japan was the festival’s closing film.

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