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GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS: China's Feng Xiaogang takes director prize

2016/11/27 00:17:34

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) Chinese director Feng Xiaogang (馮小剛) won the Golden Horse Award for best director on Saturday with his melodrama "I Am Not Madame Bovary" (我不是潘金蓮).

It was the third time that the 58-year-old acclaimed director, screenwriter and actor has won a Golden Horse Award.

Feng previously won best adapted screenplay in 2005 with the action drama "A World Without Thieves" (天下無賊) and best lead actor in 2015 for his role as a ruffian in the action comedy "Mr. Six" (老炮兒).

Judges said Feng "challenged tradition" with his narrative, composition and casting in "I Am Not Madame Bovary," and described the film as a display of Feng's "originality and determination."

"I Am Not Madame Bovary" went into the event with five nominations, including for best feature film.

The other best director nominees were Taiwanese director Chung Mong-hong (鍾孟宏) for "Godspeed" (一路順風), Myanmar-Taiwanese director Midi Z (趙德胤) for "The Road to Mandalay" (再見瓦城), Hong Kong's Johnnie To (杜琪峯) for "Three" (三人行), and Hong Kong's Derek Tsang (曾國祥) for "Soul Mate" (七月與安生).

Feng, who received the award from director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) and French actress Juliette Binoche, thanked his screenwriter, cinematographer, producers and actress Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), who he said is a star but did not take a penny for her work.

"Thank you Golden Horse Awards and judges. Thank you for proving again that it was correct that I chose to film this way," Feng said, referring to the film's unique round framing.

"I Am Not Madame Bovary" is about a woman who conspires with her husband to get a fake divorce in order to secure a second apartment, only to have him betray her and remarry someone else. After being swindled by her ex-husband, the woman spends a decade fighting China's legal system to have her divorce nullified.

Born in 1958 in Beijing, Feng has created many blockbuster films, such as "A World Without Thieves," "If You Are the One" and "Cell Phone." He is best known for his comedies.

(I Am Not Madame Bovary trailer from TGHFF YouTube channel)

(Scene from I Am Not Madame Bovary; photo courtesy of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee)

(By Christie Chen)

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