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Russian film bags top prize at Shanghai film-fest

Russian film bags top prize at Shanghai film-festVladimir Kott’s directorial debut Mukha, a Russian film about a teenager surprised by the sudden appearance of the father she thought to be dead, was named best feature film in the Jin Jue Awards announced late Sunday at the conclusion of the nine-day 11th Shanghai International Film Festival.

The Chinese movie Old Fish, about a bomb dismantling expert in northeastern China, won the Jury Grand Prix prize. The Lithuanian movie Loss,a drama set in Ireland and Lithuania, won best director honors for Latvian Maris Martinsons.

Ma Guowei from Old Fish won best actor, and Emilia Vasaryova from the Czech movie Vaclav took best actress honors. Vaclav, which follows events revolving around a village outcast, also won best screenplay for Marek Epstein. Florian Schilling won best cinematography for the German movie My Mother’s Tears.

Hong Kong art-house director Wong Kar-wai headed this year’s jury for the Jin Jue Awards. Other members of the jury included veteran Chinese actress Joan Chen, German producer Ulrich Felsberg, Danish director Bille August, Israeli writer Gila Almagor, Japanese director Kaori Momoi and Chinese director Huo Jianqi.

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