Golden Roosters Celebrates Lesser Knowns

2011-10-24 09:08:22        Chinese Films

Best film Shen Zhou 11 receives the award. [Photo: global time]

Now in its 28th year, the annual Golden Rooster Awards – regarded as China's Oscars – was held in Hefei, Anhui Province, on Saturday.

Over 300 filmmakers attended, with 18 categories announced – and some surprises in store. Despite nine nominations, including Best Film and Best Director, much-discussed Tangshan earthquake drama Aftershock brought only technical awards for director Feng Xiaogang, a decision that may reflect its divided critical response – or may not: The main award instead went to Shen Zhou 11, a patriotic propaganda film about Chinese astronauts.

Low-budget indie Piano in a Factory had a similar fate, nominated in several categories, including Best Leading Actor, Actress, Film, Director and Scriptwriter but only winning a Jury Special award.

Many top awards went to surprise choices. Sun Chun won Best Actor for his role in Qiu Xi, while Na Renhua won Best Actress for Mother.

Both are relative unknowns, compared to nominated actresses like Qin Hailu and Xu Fan. Sun, who rose to fame in the 1990s, has seen his star since wane considerably, while Na Renhua, who won the Huabiao award in August, is not a name much known to film lovers.

Nor is Best Director Chen Li, who won for Love On Gallery Bridge, which has never even been screened in cinemas. "I've actually made many films…I guess the jury liked the emotion," said Chen.

Next year, the award will be held in Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province.

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