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SIFF awards The Major top honor

By Lu Chen Source:Global Times Published: 2013-6-23 22:58:01

Malaysian actress Crystal Lee (left) walks down the red carpet with her costar Nick Cheung from Hong Kong before the closing ceremony of Shanghai International Film Festival Sunday night. The duo were awarded best actor and actress for playing a boxer and his daughter in the movie <em>Unbeatable</em>. Lee, who is 10 years old, is the youngest actress to ever receive the award. Photo: Cai Xianmin/GT

Malaysian actress Crystal Lee (left) walks down the red carpet with her costar Nick Cheung from Hong Kong before the closing ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival Sunday night. The duo were awarded best actor and actress for playing a boxer and his daughter in the movie Unbeatable. Lee, who is 10 years old, is the youngest actress to ever receive the award. Photo: Cai Xianmin/GT



The 16th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) awarded the Russian film The Major with its top honor Sunday as the event came to a close with a ceremony at Shanghai Cultural Square.

The film, directed by Yury Bykov, also took the Golden Goblets for Best Director and Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

The Major tells the story of a police officer who gets caught in a car accident and is forced to make a series of life-changing choices.

The SIFF's jury said the film presented the audience with the complexity of Russian society with excellent story-telling technique.

Reliance, a Swedish film directed by William Olsson, won the runner-up Jury Grand Prix prize for its unique story and the passionate performances of its actors, the jury said.

Angus MacLachlan, the film's screenwriter, won the award for Best Screenplay. Director of photography, Vachan Sharma and Paul Blomgren Dovan shared the honor of winning Best Cinematography.

The Best Actress award went to 10-year-old Crystal Lee from Malaysia, the youngest actress ever to win. Her costar, Hong Kong's Nick Cheung, took the prize for Best Actor. Both won for their roles in Unbeatable, directed by Dante Lam from Hong Kong.

The festival's competition section featured 14 films from countries including Russia, Greece, Germany, Canada, Japan and China.

The films competed for the main awards, the Golden Goblets, whose winners were chosen by a panel of seven international judges. Three films swept most of the major awards.

Many celebrities, including Jessica Chastain, Karen Mok, Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan and Vincent Fang took to the red carpet for the closing ceremony, along with a variety of other famous directors, actors, producers and screenplay writers.

This year's festival, which began June 15, considered the works of 1,655 filmmakers from 112 countries and regions for screening, the largest number since the festival first opened in 1993.

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