The 13th BJIFF Tiantan Award Best Feature Film Media Viewing & Meeting the Jury Held in Beijing, The Jury Elaborated the Reason for Voting!
On the afternoon of April 30, the 13th BJIFF Competition Section Tiantan Award Best Feature Film Media Viewing & Meeting the Jury was successfully held in Beijing.
The attending guests included the Jury of the Tiantan Award: Fernando E. Juan Lima, President of Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Stanley Kwan, famous director from Hong Kong, China, Nadav Lapid, Israeli director, Pimpaka Towira, Thai director, Zhou Dongyu, Chinese actress and Cui Yan, Executive Deputy Director of the BJIFF Organizing Committee Office, Hao Jie, Deputy Director of the BJIFF Organizing Committee Office, Li Xiaohang, Director of Competition Department of the BJIFF Organizing Committee and Gu Gan, Director of Publicity & Promotion Department of the BJIFF Organizing Committee Office. Famous film critic Raymond Zhou served as the host.
Group photo of the Jury of the 13th BJIFF Tiantan Award
The Punishment, winner of the Best Feature Film of the 13th BJIFF Tiantan Award, was screened at the media viewing. Focusing on the themes of "family", "love" and "women", the film started from details to create a thought-provoking story. After the media viewing, the film received high praise from the media on the site with the superb acting skills, rich emotional expression and the coherent long take.
The 13th BJIFF Tiantan Award Best Feature Film Media Viewing & Meeting
In terms of the reason why this film was selected as the Best Feature Film, the five members of the 13th BJIFF Jury of Tiantan Award also shared the viewpoints of their own. Fernando E. Juan Lima said that The Punishment "brings the audience very close to the film, so that the film emotions hard to be conveyed have been effectively spread”. In addition, the film makes good use of the acting skills and film technology to tell the content and theme very well. He also shared that all the jury members were not troubled by the cultural difference during the process of selecting the films shortlisted for the Tiantan Award despite their different cultural backgrounds. Instead, they reached a consensus and "effectively convey very universal or global values".
Fernando E. Juan Lima, a member of the 13th BJIFF Jury of Tiantan Award
According to Stanley Kwan, “Matias Bize, the director of The Punishment, is so good at the skill of ‘long take’ that even the camera has silently fallen in love with the characters and actors. The camera has played a unique pair of eyes of its own, which also represent the eyes of all the audience. That is why we believe it an excellent film.” When talking about the relationship between directors and producers, Stanley Kwan, who has served as a producer for many young directors, also said sincerely, “Being a producer does not mean that you can add something to the director arbitrarily; instead, you should stand aside as an appropriate reminder.”
Stanley Kwan, a member of the 13th BJIFF Jury of Tiantan Award
"I felt very novel when I watched the film The Punishment”, said Nadav Lapid who was deeply impressed by this film, “As a very efficient and effective film, the film dares to touch many taboo topics in life. It has found the way of expression most suitable for the film content.” It is worth mentioning that Nadav Lapid also talked about The Shadowless Tower, an excellent film winning half of the 13th BJIFF Tiantan Award — “I really like the films like The Shadowless Tower which explore the people's life and existence."
Nadav Lapid, a member of the 13th BJIFF Jury of Tiantan Award
Pimpaka Towira, said she had the empathy with the women issues discussed in the film — “to be the one you want, or to be the one others want”. She said that the women issues covered and displayed in the film not only exist in Argentine society, it is actually the common problem faced by the women all over the world. Meanwhile, Pimpaka Towira, who is also a director, praised the shooting skill of “long take”, "It allows us to watch the film as observers and follow the heroine to percept the force of female characters.”
Pimpaka Towira, a member of the 13th BJIFF Jury of Tiantan Award
“This film enables us to see the actors’ expressions from the bottom of heart", that’s why Zhou Dongyu was moved by The Punishment. The mother in the film is not a "perfect role". When Zhou Dongyu was asked, “Whether you may worry about being misunderstood to create such an image in the future”, she, as an actress, answered, "Not everyone in real life is perfect. Everyone has flaws. If I present the vivid and real image to the audience during the role interpretation, I believe they will be touched.” In addition, she was also deeply impressed by the thinking on the three topics of "love, family and mother" in the film.
Zhou Dongyu, a member of the 13th BJIFF Jury of Tiantan Award
After 13 years of development, the BJIFF has become an indispensable force in the world's film ecology and an important driving force for the creation, market development and industrialization system of Chinese films. Apart from the great support from the global filmmakers, the active attention and vigorous reports of the media are also indispensable. As Cui Yan, Executive Deputy Director of the BJIFF Organizing Committee Office, said, "The earnest attitude of the jury makes us even more respectful for filmmakers; the supports and reports of all the media have witnessed the development of the BJIFF from scratch. I hope you can continue to join hands with the BJIFF in the future to make Chinese voice heard among the world’s film festivals and make due contributions to the exchanges between Chinese and foreign films.”
Cui Yan, Executive Deputy Director of the BJIFF Organizing Committee Office
At the viewing site, four leaders of the BJIFF Organizing Committee, Cui Yan, Hao Jie, Li Xiaohang and Gu Gan, granted the appreciation certificates to the attending media on behalf of the 13th BJIFF to thank them for witnessing and spreading the spirit and glory of the BJIFF with wonderful news reports from multiple perspectives, so that more people can notice and participate in this wonderful feast of film art! On the site of granting the appreciation certificates, Hao Jie, Deputy Director of the BJIFF Organizing Committee Office, once again expressed his sincere gratitude to the media friends who provided strong support for the 13th BJIFF. “Thank all the media friends for your original reports with professionalism and keen observation. You have comprehensively reported the activities of the BJIFF and stories behind the screen, so that the majority of fans and audiences can understand the BJIFF in a more three-dimensional manner".
Explore the force of films together and spread the high-quality films in the world. The 13th BJIFF with the theme of “Sharing Culture, Shared Future” created a film gala featured "Beauty in Variety" with the world’s filmmakers and media at the media viewing of Tiantan Award for Best Feature Film, which will convey the artistic charm of the Tiantan Award Best Feature Film farther and wider. In the future, the BJIFF will continue to discover and collect excellent films all over the world, and join hands with all the filmmakers and media to create a “everlasting film festival" so as to continuously bring new momentum to the development of Chinese and world films!
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