<i>No. 89 Shimen Road</i> Leads Winners of China Independent Film Festival
By Kevin B. Lee
Last week the 8th China Independent Film Festival concluded with Shu Haolun’s film No 89. Shimen Road taking the prize for Best Feature Film. The film is the narrative debut of Shu, who has directed the award-winning documentaries Nostalgia and Struggle.
The festival jury also awarded prizes to Old Dog by Tibetan director Pema Tseden (Wanma Caidan), and Celestial Kingdom by writer-director Wang Chao (The Orphan of Anyang).
While the festival does not award a best documentary prize (opting for a showcase of the year’s top ten documentaries), this year it bestowed a special “True Character Award” to Tang Xiaoyan, the outspoken subject of the documentaries of Xu Tong (Fortune Teller and Shattered).
More info on No. 89 Shimen Road. A full list of winners after the break.
Best Feature Film: No. 89 Shimen Road by Shu Haolun
Jury Prize: Old Dog by Pema Tsedan and Celestial Kingdom by Wang Chao
Debut Award: Pear by Zhang Ciyu
True Character Award: Tang Xiaoyan (subject of Xu Tong’s documentaries Fortune Teller and Shattered)
Outstanding Contribution Award: Wang Bing