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Italian comedy 'Kiss Me Again' wins best film

ITALIAN movie "Kiss Me Again" won the top Golden Goblet award for best feature film as the curtain fell on the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival at the Shanghai Grand Theater last night.

The romantic comedy by director/screenwriter Gabriele Muccino is a sequel to his popular acclaimed 2001 film "One Last Kiss."

In the sequel, the group of friends from "One Last Kiss" is back and pushing 40. The protagonists, now married or separated, strengthen their bonds, discover new relationships, and rekindle old passions in their search for enduring love and friendship.

Italian actress Vittoria Puccini, the heroine of the movie, won the best actress award. Muccino also received the best screenplay award.

Muccino, who was busy shooting a new film in Italy, asked a friend to convey his message for the awards.

"I'm deeply honored and grateful to receive this award," Muccino's message said. "Your recognition made me believe how universal films can be."

German actor Christian Ulmen was named best actor for his impressive performance in the German-Italian comedy "Wedding Fever in Campobello."

In the movie, Ulmen vividly portrays a man who has to face off with his fiancee's father, an Italian patriarch, in the Italian town Campobello.

Chinese film maker Liu Jie took the best director award for his powerful and poetic storytelling in the film "Deep in the Clouds," a love story set in a remote mountain village. Liu's film also earned the Jury Grand Prix.

"Though I started my film career as a cinematographer, this award will strengthen my confidence in directing movies," Liu said.

"My film is about the current lives of people living in remote mountain villages. I hope that the public can give enough attention to them," he said.

Chinese composer Giong Lim received the best music award for his score for "Deep in the Clouds."

Best cinematography went to Christopher Doyle, who shot the Irish film "Ondine." Chinese non-professional actors Wang Puze and Na Zhiye were given the special Jury Award for their unsophisticated acting in "Deep in the Clouds."

This year 16 nominated films from more than 10 countries were vying for awards during the nine-day event.

Robert Luketic's action comedy "Killers," starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, closed the festival.


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