Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

October 05, 2005 21:27 ET

Vancouver International Film Festival: Dragons & Tigers Award 2005

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - The Vancouver International Film Festival is pleased to announce the winner of their Dragons and Tigers: Cinemas of East Asia Award. This year's jury for the Dragons & Tigers Award was made up of David Bordwell (USA), Li Cheuk-To (Hong Kong) and Gerwin Tamsma (The Netherlands). They have issued the following jury statement:

"After a long discussion, we have decided on the prizewinner and three Special Mentions. We should say first that the films in competition constituted an extraordinarily accomplished body of work. All of them exhibited remarkable promise and creative daring, not to mention an exciting diversity of ambition. This level of achievement made the jury's deliberations all the more difficult. We would be gratified if every film on the list achieves striking success in other festivals and in theatrical release."

In alphabetical order, these are the three Special Mentions:

Bambi - Bone by SHIBUTANI Noriko from Japan

This playful, impressionistic study creates an imaginative and honest portrayal of the darkest regions of childhood. Ms Shibutani is to be congratulated for making a traumatic subject engaging and affirmative.

Shin Shung-Il is Lost by SHIN Jane from South Korea

Ms Shin Jane creates a vivid alternative world from minimal means. The film carries us into a hallucinatory pseudo-religious atmosphere, mixing comedy and grotesquerie in a way reminiscent of Pasolini and Arrabal.

The Silent Holy Stones by Wanma-caidan from Tibet

A mature, elegant study of a society that has never before been represented on film by its own inhabitants. Mr Wanma-caidan treats Tibetan culture with great dignity and a non-judgmental attitude that balances tradition and modernity, religious culture and imported technology.

The winner of the 2005 Dragons & Tigers Award is:

Ox Hide by LIU Jiayin from China

A bold effort that shows astonishing confidence in both dramatic and stylistic choices made by the filmmaker. Ms Liu treats her own family life with insight, humour and clear-sightedness. Amongst other virtues, Ox Hide shows how formal experimentation can coexist with engrossing human drama and powerful emotion. The film has deservedly already won prizes in festivals elsewhere, but the strength and originality of this young filmmaker compelled the jury to acknowledge her achievement.

Don't worry if you missed it! The VIFF is pleased to announce that festival fans will have the opportunity to see the film as programmers have added an additional screening Friday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Vancity Theatre.

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