Poster of the movie "Seediq Bale" [Photo: douban.com]Two Chinese films will contend for the coveted Gold Lion Award at this year's Venice International Film Festival in September, Xinhuanet.com reports.
Festival organizers announced yesterday that Hong Kong director Ann Hui's drama "A Simple Life" and Taiwanese director Wei Desheng's epic film "Seediq Bale" will compete with 20 other films for the top award during the 11-day event which runs from August 31 to September 10.
"A Simple Life," starring Andy Lau and Deannie Yip, is based on a real story. The movie tells about the touching relationship between a master and his old servant.
The epic film "Seediq Bale" revolves around the Wushe Incident in 1930 when the leader of the indigenous Seediq Nation led his people in a battle against Japanese invaders. He committed suicide after they lost the war.
Hong Kong director Tony Ching Siu-Tung's imminent fantasy movie "It's Love" will open the Screening Section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
Previous reports have said Chinese director Jia Zhangke, a leading figure in the "Sixth Generation" movement in Chinese cinema, would chair the Orizzonti jury at the film festival. He would be the first Chinese to chair the section.
By Chen Nan
A still photo of "A Simple Life" [Photo: douban.com]
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