Golden Horse Awards: Seven-time nominee Clara Law wins best director

11/27/2021 11:41 PM
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Actress Lin Lai receives the best director award on behalf of Law, who is in Australia. CNA photo Nov. 27, 2021
Actress Lin Lai receives the best director award on behalf of Law, who is in Australia. CNA photo Nov. 27, 2021

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) Filmmaker Clara Law (羅卓瑤) clinched best director at the 58th Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, finally winning a trophy after being nominated for a Golden Horse award for a seventh time.

The jury praised Law for using a "poetic" way to examine history and reality in her alternate film "Drifting Petals," and said the film showcased her talent and her vision.

The Macau-born Hong Kong-raised director, who now lives in Australia, did not attend the ceremony on Saturday, but asked Lin Lai (黎卓玲), one of the actresses in the film, to accept the award on her behalf.

Lai said that Law is known as being the director with the most wretched luck, as she has been nominated numerous times without ever winning.

"It felt like people were telling me, you aren't good enough, and you need to try harder again," Lin quoted Law as saying.

The director wanted to thank everyone who worked on the film, and every single friend who offered her help throughout the process.

"Most especially, she wants to thank Eddie Fong (方令正), the person who cooks alongside her in the kitchen every day," Li said, referring to Law's long-term writing-producing partner and husband.

"Drifting Petals" follows a filmmaker and a piano student across their past and future in Hong Kong and Macau after they first meet in Australia. Their stories merge as they each search for something that is disappearing from the cities they love.

Four years in the making, the film was funded, written, shot, and post-produced entirely by Law and Fong.

From the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival's YouTube channel

Law, 64, had previously received six nominations at the Golden Horse Awards -- four for best director and two for best original screenplay -- for the films "Like a Dream," "Floating Life," "Autumn Moon," and "Farewell, China."

The other best director nominees this year were Taiwanese Cheng Wei-hao (程偉豪) for "The Soul," Taiwanese Chung Mong-hong (鍾孟宏) for "The Falls," Hong Kong filmmaker Jun Li (李駿碩) for "Drifting," and Malaysian Ho Wi-ding (何蔚庭) and Taiwanese Hu Chih-hsin (胡至欣) for "Terrorizers."

The 58th Golden Horse Awards ceremony was held at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on Saturday. The annual awards, established in 1962, are considered among the most prestigious and time-honored film awards in the world of Chinese-language cinema.

(By Chiang Yi-ching and William Yen)

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