Shanghai Film Festival: Manchurian Tiger wins Golden Goblet Award for Best Feature

With a screening of about 400 films throughout the event, the 24th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival becomes China’s first in-person cinema event to be successfully staged during the pandemic

The 24th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival concluded on Saturday night, with the Chinese black comedy film Manchurian Tiger taking the top Golden Goblet Award for Best Feature at the star-studded closing ceremony held in Shanghai. The movie, which is directed by a self-taught Chinese filmmaker Geng Jun, is set in China’s far northeast and follows the story of a chain of calamities that begins when a man cooks his associate’s pet dog in order to serve it to a group of ruthless debt collectors.

The Shanghai festival, which also happens to be China’s longest-running international cinema event, showcased more than 400 Chinese and foreign films during its 10-day duration, making it the first full-scale, in-person film festival event to be held successfully in the country during the pandemic era. The festival wraps up on Sunday with additional re-screenings of the festival’s award-winning movies. The organizers of the festival have expressed their optimism that the event will be open to more international attendance in 2022 for its upcoming celebratory 25th edition. The full list of the winners of this year’s awards is given below;

  • Best Feature Film – Manchurian Tiger (China)
  • Jury Grand Prix – Barbarian Invasion (Malaysia)
  • Best Director – Abolfazl Jalili, The Contrary Route (Iran)
  • Best Screenplay – Alexey Viktorovich Kozlov, The Conscience (Russia)
  • Best Actress – Marzena Gajewska, Amateurs (Poland)
  • Best Actor – Pouyan Shekari, The Contrary Route (Iran)
  • Best Cinematography – Vyacheslav Tuyrin, The Conscience (Russia)
  • Best Documentary Film – Sisyphus (Mexico)
  • Best Animation Film – Even Mice Belong In Heaven (Czech Republic/France/Poland)
  • Best Live Action Short Film – Double Helix (China)
  • Best Animated Short Film – Mild Madness, Lasting Lunacy (France)
  • Outstanding Artistic Achievement – The Conscience (Russia)

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