Director Wang Quan'an, also a jury member of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival receives an interview with ifeng.com Thursday, June 16, 2011.[Photo:ifeng.com]
As the end of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival approaches, movie fans are growing more eager to learn which film will be awarded the top Golden Goblet award.
For jury members who are now hard at work watching and judging the contending films, it is an experience that is even more exhausting than filmmaking itself, director and jury member Wang Quan'an said Thursday during an interview with ifeng.com.
Wang's said that the film entries for the Golden Goblet award this year are of good quality in general, although jury members must spend a great amount of time watching them at an intensive pace. He said what mattered most was artistic creation in genre films.
Wang won the top Golden Bear award at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival for his drama "Tuya's Marriage" and a Silver Bear award for Best Script at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival for "Apart Together."
Wang mentioned that despite his work as an award-winning director, tabloids seemed to focus lately on his recent marriage to young actress Zhang Yuqi, the female lead in his latest film "Bai Lu Yuan" ("White Deer Plain").
The film, adapted from a famous novel of the same name by Chen Zhongshi, is in the post-editing phase. Wang said he was reluctant to cut the four-hour film as he had been talking to his producer to determine a better way to release the movie.
Wang also spoke highly of Zhang's performance in the film, saying she was the right person for the role and that he would consider casting her in future films.
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