Newcomers triumph at French Asian film fest

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DEAUVILLE, France, March 13 (AFP) - First-time directors found their efforts rewarded at a French Asian film festival on Sunday, picking up a host of honours including the Golden Lotus award for best film.

DEAUVILLE, France, March 13 (AFP) - First-time directors found their efforts rewarded at a French Asian film festival on Sunday, picking up a host of honours including the Golden Lotus award for best film.

Romantic comedy "Holiday Dreaming" by newcomer Taiwanese director Fu-chun Hsu, 37, won the top Golden Lotus award.

The tender, refreshing film tells the story of two young men about to finish their military service when they are asked to catch a rookie soldier who has gone AWOL.

Its nostalgic glimpse back at youth also captured the judges' eye in another section, winning the Lotus Air France international critics' award in the four-day festival held in the chic French tourist resort Deauville on the Normandy coast.

Another newcomer, South Korean Lee Yoon-Ki, won the Lotus jury prize for his reflective portrait of a young girl killer which was shot entirely by hand-held camera.

The lotus for the best screenplay went to "The World" by Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke, who also wrote the film screenplay, while another South Korean film, this time by Ryoo Seung-Wan, picked up the "Lotus Action Asia" for his movie "Arahan".

Finally the public's choice was won by the heart-warming "Electric Shadows", the first film by female Chinese filmmaker Xiao Jiang, 33, which is a poetic and moving ode tracing the life of Ling Ling, born in an open-air cinema at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Despite a heavy presence of Japanese films in the competition, they failed to pick up any of the major lotuses, although on Thursday Japanese director Takashi Miike was honoured at the film festival for his prodigious body of work.

Tribute was also paid to the Indonesian actress and producer Christine Hakim, who in her 30-year career has collected a string of awards at international film festivals.

Newcomers triumph at French Asian film festival

DEAUVILLE, France, March 13 (AFP) - First-time directors found their efforts rewarded at a French Asian film festival on Sunday, picking up a host of honours including the Golden Lotus award for best film.

Romantic comedy "Holiday Dreaming" by newcomer Taiwanese director Fu-chun Hsu, 37, won the top Golden Lotus award.

The tender, refreshing film tells the story of two young men about to finish their military service when they are asked to catch a rookie soldier who has gone AWOL.

Its nostalgic glimpse back at youth also captured the judges' eye in another section, winning the Lotus Air France international critics' award in the four-day festival held in the chic French tourist resort Deauville on the Normandy coast.

Another newcomer, South Korean Lee Yoon-Ki, won the Lotus jury prize for his reflective portrait of a young girl killer which was shot entirely by hand-held camera.

The lotus for the best screenplay went to "The World" by Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke, who also wrote the film screenplay, while another South Korean film, this time by Ryoo Seung-Wan, picked up the "Lotus Action Asia" for his movie "Arahan".

Finally the public's choice was won by the heart-warming "Electric Shadows", the first film by female Chinese filmmaker Xiao Jiang, 33, which is a poetic and moving ode tracing the life of Ling Ling, born in an open-air cinema at the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Despite a heavy presence of Japanese films in the competition, they failed to pick up any of the major lotuses, although on Thursday Japanese director Takashi Miike was honoured at the film festival for his prodigious body of work.

Tribute was also paid to the Indonesian actress and producer Christine Hakim, who in her 30-year career has collected a string of awards at international film festivals.

© AFP

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