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SIFF sees Tibetan film scooping Jury Grand Prix

Published: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 11:45 [IST]

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New Delhi (ANI): The 12th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) saw Tibetan director Pema Tseden's movie The Search bagging the Jury Grand Prix. The film follows a director's search for a leading actor for his drama set in picturesque Tibet.

The festival, which ended on Sunday, also saw Christina Yao's Empire of Silver, a mainland-Hong Kong-Taiwan co-production about a young heir to a giant banking empire in 1899, scooping the Jury Award. A comedy titled Original, jointly produced by Danish and Swedish filmmakers, took the Golden Goblet Award.

Directed by Antonio Tublen and Alexander Brondsted, the film tells the story of a man who gets tired of living up to others' expectations, and tries to chart his own course. According to Jury leader Danny Boyle, the film was "a light, touching and subversive study of mental illness that is both compassionate and never sentimental."

The film's leading actor Sverrir Gudnason was also named Best Actor, reports the China Daily. "I feel so good. This is the best thing that anybody has given to me and will keep me going," he said.

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