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German film wins at TV award fest

THE Shanghai Television Festival closed last night with a star-studded awards ceremony at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, where the top film honor went to a German production about World War II and a Chinese show won in the series category.

More than 50 entries from all around the world were vying for Magnolia awards at the festival, which opened on Monday.

"Welcome Home," produced by Germany's SWR company, received the TV film golden Magnolia award. The thought-provoking picture depicts a soldier's painful experiences during WWII.

James Hales won the award for best TV film director for the spy thriller "The 39 Steps." Susanne Beck took the best screenplay award for "The Visit."

In the TV series category, the popular Chinese spy drama "Lurk," directed by Jiang Wei, proved a big winner. It earned awards for best TV series, best screenplay and best actor.

Sun Honglei was honored as best actor for his performance in "Lurk."

He told the audience: "We had an excellent crew. This award belongs to all its members. For us, the best way to pay back the support of the audience is to present more wonderful productions on the screen."

Chinese comedian Song Dandan took the best actress award for her performance in the family tragicomedy "Ma Wen's War."

"It was a big surprise to me," Song said. "I usually play aged women. But this honor will strengthen my confidence in portraying different kinds of characters."

Teng Huatao, who directed the romance series "Wanggui and Anna," received the best director award for a TV series. The show, he said, was a tribute to the life and loves of China's senior generation.

A new honor, the special award for Asian TV series, was presented to two family dramas: "Around 40" from Japan and the South Korean hit "The Golden Bride South Korea."

The Asian documentary golden award went to the Chinese production "Home," which portrays the Sichuan people's optimistic attitudes after last year's earthquake.

Following the TV celebration, the Shanghai International Film Festival kicks off tonight. More than 300 stars will walk the red carpet for the grand opening, including Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, French actress Isabelle Huppert and Chinese action star Donnie Yen.


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