No Asian winners at Cannes
There were no prizes for Asian films at last night’s awards ceremony for Cannes’ main competition. The Palme d’Or was awarded to Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life by a jury that included Hong Kong’s Johnnie To (杜琪峰) and Shi Nansun (施南生).
To and Shi were under no pressure to give a prize to a Chinese film. The Asian films competing were Australia’s Sleeping Beauty and, from Japan, Hanezu (朱花の月) and Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai (一命).
One other Japanese film had a high-profile slot at the festival, Sono Sion’s (園子温) Guilty of Romance (恋の罪). Selected for Directors’ Fortnight, it received a single late night screening in the parallel, independent section.
Chinese-language cinema was represented by Peter Chan’s (陳可辛) Wu Xia (武俠), arguably the highest profile Chinese-language film at either the festival or market, and Zou Peng’s (鄒鵬) Sauna on the Moon (嫦娥), which screened in Critics’ Week.
It was Korean cinema that had the most success outside the main competition with wins for Kim Ki-duk’s Arirang in Un Certain Regard and Son Tae-gyum’s (손태겸) student short Fly By Night (야간비행) in Cinefondation.
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