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New talent award for heartwarming tale

Japanese director Shoutarou Kobayashi's feature film "Kaasan Mom's Life" won the Best Feature Film Award at the Asian New Talent Awards at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival.

"It's really unbelievable," said Kobayashi.

The heartwarming picture portrays Rieko Saibara as a mother of two who supports her family drawing cartoons. Her husband, Yutaka Kamoshida is in hospital. He was a war photographer and now he is battling alcohol dependency.

The jury's said it was "impressed by the complete ensemble of the performances, the subtle evolution of the story through various moods ranging from black comedy to drama, and the heartwarming treatment of serious themes."

The Best Director Award went to Chinese director Teng Yung-Shing, whose film "Return Ticket" tells a story of a girl's dream of returning home.

The jury unanimously felt "Return Ticket" "was a perfect example of a director's movie, with a strong personal signature in its look and mise-en-scene, and control of all the dramatic elements."

"Birth Right" directed by Naoki Hashimoto from Japan won the Jury Prix Award. It tells the story of Ayano, a teenager befriended then kidnapped by an older woman.

The jury chose "Birth Right" because "the film's rigorous and uncompromising style, and refreshingly new slant on genre conventions, convinced the jury the filmmaker has a vibrant future."

The Asian New Talent Awards seek to discover and support new Asian film makers.

The international jury this year included Japanese director Shunji Iwai, UK film critic Derek Elley, Taiwan actress Guey Lun Mei, Hong Kong producer Alex Law and Chinese actor Xia Yu.


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