Italian film 'Kiss Me Again' wins top Shanghai award
Monday 21 June 2010
Italian director Gabriele Muccino's comedy "Kiss Me Again" has won the best picture award at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival along with prizes for best actress and screenplay.
The film is a sequel to top grossing Italian film "The Last Kiss" and catches up with the cast after a decade as they have gone from slackers trying to prolong their youth to facing crises as they approach 40.
The winner of the festival's top award, the Golden Goblet, marks a return to Italian-language film-making for Muccino after he teamed up with Will Smith on Hollywood productions "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds".
"Your recognition made me believe how universal films can be," Muccino said in a written acceptance message.
Muccino also won the festival's best screenplay award and Vittoria Puccini was named best actress for her role in "Kiss Me Again".
Chinese director Liu Jie's film "Deep in the Clouds", an inter-ethnic love story set in a remote southwestern Chinese village, won the jury grand prize, as well as the best director and best music prizes.
Christopher Doyle won the best cinematography award for the Irish film "Ondine" and Christian Ulmen was named best actor for his performance in "Wedding Fever in Campobello", a German-Italian production.
Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo headed the festival's jury this year.
The nine-day festival, which concluded on Sunday, is a rare opportunity for Chinese fans to see international films not usually shown on mainland screens due to strict rules limiting the number of foreign films in cinemas to 20 a year.
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