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Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, won two awards at the 20th edition of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Festival international des cinémas d’Asie) that concluded on February 18 in Vesoul, France.
The film won a Special Mention by the International Jury comprising Brillante Mendoza as Chairperson, assisted by Taraneh Alidoosti (Iran), Jocelyne Saab (Lebanon) and Philip Cheah (Singapore). The Jury said in its citation: “…Qissa by Anup Singh (India) for its brave fusion of the historical epic, the transgender film and most unexpectedly, a ghost story.”
The film also won the Inalco Jury Award (granted by the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris) for “the beautiful script, the quality of acting and the beauty of the picture.” Qissa features Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Rasika Dugal and Tillotama Shome.
The films awarded at the festival will be screened at Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, Paris, from »
Some 29 projects will be pitched to co-producers, investors and distributors over a three day period, Mar. 24-26, including four competing for the Haf/Fox Chinese Award, backed by Fox International Productions.
All of the Haf’s factual entries will be eligible for a new documentary prize.
The event takes place in Hong Kong as part of the Entertainment Expo that also incorporates FilMart and the Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival.
The Philippines’ Mendoza, 2009 best director at Cannes for “Kinatay,” has two projects at Haf: narrative feature, “The Embroiderer,” and “The Gay Messiah” a documentary questioning religion and belief.
- Patrick Frater
The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf) has unveiled this year’s line-up of 29 projects, including two from the Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza.
The line-up includes four projects under the third annual Haf/Fox Chinese Film Development Award, which aims to support scripts from up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers (see full line-up below).
Mendoza is bringing feature film project The Embroiderer, about undying love, along with documentary Gay Messiah, which questions religion and belief. The Philippines’ Jun Robles Lana also returns to Haf this year with his project Our Father, after winning the 2013 Haf award for Barber’s Tales.
Hong Kong filmmakers are also strongly represented in the line-up, with five projects, including comedian Lam Tze-chung’s Game and actress-turned-director Carrie Ng’s Angel Whispers.
Hong Kong projects also include Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance, produced by acclaimed director Pang Ho-cheung; Philip Yung’s The Sea, produced by Jia Zhang-ke’s regular producer Chow Keung; and Simon Chung »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Bryan Cranston as a Polish gangster; Chuuk immigrants in Guam; a Japanese superhero dressed only in women’s panties; Honolulu transit controversies; a home run-hitting gorilla; and filmmaking initiatives from the Cook Islands — all these and more were on display during last month’s Hawaii International Film Festival. New films by Jia Zhang-ke, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hayao Miyazaki, Brillante Mendoza and Dante Lam dominated the festival’s solid Asian lineup, while emerging talents such as Tze Chun and Steven J. Kung led its selection of American work. Casting its nets far closer to shore, the festival also highlighted local Hawaiian and Pacific Islander […] »
- Jason Sanders
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