Siddharth takes top Tiantan Award
Author: Kevin Ma

India-shot Canadian film Siddharth took the top prize during the Tiantan Award ceremony at the closing of the 4th Beijing International Film Festival 北京國際電影節.

Richie MEHTA's second feature, about a father's search for his son who has gone missing, won Best Feature Film at the second edition of the festival's competition section. The award was presented by jury president John WOO 吳宇森 and director FENG Xiaogang 馮小剛.

However, WONG Kar-wai 王家衛's The Grandmaster 一代宗師 won the most awards, three for Best Director, Best Actress (Zhang Ziyi) and Best Cinematography (Philippe LE SOURD). This is the tenth time the actress has won for her role as a martial artist seeking revenge for the death of her father.

Adding to France's success at the ceremony, French comedy Attila Marcel picked up two awards: Best Actor (Guillaume GOUIX) and Best Score.

Peter CHAN 陳可辛's American Dreams in China 中國合伙人 won Best Screenplay, child actor LEE Re 이레 won Best Supporting Actress for LEE Joon-ik 이준익 | 李濬益's Hope 소원, Alan Rickman won Best Supporting Actor for A Promise and Australia's The Rocket ບັ້ງໄຟ won Best Special Effects.

Running just over an hour long, the closing ceremony was a relatively low-key affair compared to the opening red carpet ceremony. It included two dance performances, a monologue by actor LIAO Fan 廖凡 about the pursuit of dreams and singer-songwriter CHYI Chin 齊秦's performance of his 1987 hit The World Out There, which was featured in American Dreams in China.

While the show's hosts spoke in both Mandarin and English, the festival also provided simultaneous translation in the venue.

- Film Biz Asia