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Stark Turkish drama tops Shanghai festival films

Turkish movie "Hayde Bre" won the Golden Goblet award for best feature film as the curtain fell on the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival at the Shanghai Grand Theater last night.

The drama, directed by Orhan Oguz, is the tale of an immigrant from Macedonia coping with the death of her mother and her grieving father in Istanbul.

The two are confronted with economic pressures, cultural differences and increasing generational conflicts in the big city.

The jury led by "Rain Man" director Barry Levinson said it was impressed by Oguz's "stark, honest, unflinching look at a mother dealing with a modern world and her separation from her rural background."

"Thank you for presenting us this award," said director Oguz. "Actually this honor belongs to all the filmmakers in Turkey."

Macedonian actor Sevket Emrulla, who plays the loving but stubborn father, was named best actor.

Chinese actress Lu Xingchen's debut as a music enthusiast in "The Young Man Sings Folk Songs In The Opposite Door" won her the best actress award, one of three prizes the movie took last night.

"It is a huge surprise for me to receive this award," she said. "As a first-time actress, I dare not think about it."

The romantic movie's Chinese composer Wen Zi received the award for best score and its director and scriptwriter, Zhang Ming, took the award for best screenplay.

Chinese cinematographer-turned-director Han Jie won the best director award for "Mr. Tree," a darkly humorous tale of a respected prophet in a Chinese village. The film, produced by acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke, also earned the runner-up Jury Grand Prix.

The jury praised Han for "being clear and understandable with a complex theme while staying subtle to avoid being simplistic."

"With Jia's encouragement, I became a film director," Han said. "Film directing is a challenging but fulfilling job. I will just keep moving on."

Best cinematography went to Tiwa Moeithaisong, who shot the Thai drama film "Friday Killer." The Thai movie also won the Jury Award.

Sixteen films from more than 10 countries were in competition for awards during the nine-day event.

French actor Daniel Auteuil's directorial debut "The Well-Digger's Daughter," a remake of a 1940 French romantic comedy drama, closed the film festival.


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