Journey’s End takes home 2 prestigious Tiantan Awards

Journey’s End takes home 2 prestigious Tiantan Awards

Female filmmakers stole the show at the 2018 Beijing International Film Festival, with women taking home all of the major accolades.

Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s critically acclaimed debut Scary Mother was named best picture while her fellow Georgian filmmaker Mariam Khatchvani won best director for Dede.

British actor Joe Cole won best actor for his performance in Kim Nguyen’s long-distance romance Eye On Juliet, while Sam Claflin’s war drama Journey’s End went home with the best supporting actor award for Paul Bettany and best music for composer Hildur Gudnadottir and Natalie Holt.

Best supporting actress prize went to Mina Sadati from Iranian drama Searing Summer, while first time Israeli filmmaker Amichai Greenberg won the best screenplay award for The Testament.

Known locally as the Tiantan awards, the festival’s competition entries were decided by an international jury chaired by director Wong Kar-wai.

‘I hope more female film creators use movies to explore women’s stories,’ said Kar-Wai, referencing the fact that a third of the 15 competition titles were directed by women, with two of them directorial debuts.

French actress Isabelle Huppert was at the closing ceremony to walk the red carpet and hand out awards, as were local film stars including Huang Bo, Shu Qi, Wang Baoqiang, Gu Changwei, Lin Chi-ling and Joan Chen making glamorous entrances.

Rebecca Lewis