Siddharth took the Beijing Festival’s (BJIFF) Best Film award at the event’s closing ceremony, while Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmaster took home the most gongs.
Earlier in the month Richie Mehta’s India-shot Siddharth picked up a special mention at the Hong Kong Film Awards and an audience award at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. Other than that, its nominations haven’t overly excited jurors at any of the half dozen international festivals it’s played.
Given China’s sensitivity to allegations of corruption the jury, led by John Woo, was unlikely to name a Chinese title the top prize winner at the awards’ second edition – especially a title that’s more associated with Hong Kong than the mainland.
The Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) awards were handed out at the closing of the BJIFF’s fourth edition. The ceremony was conducted in Putonghua and English, in part in recognition of the presence of members of a UK governmental delegation which had earlier signed a co-production treaty with their Chinese counterparts.
15 films had been nominated in the awards’ 10 categories. Both Chinese films in the running found favour with the judges, with The Grandmaster ending the night as one of two multiple award winners.
Zhang Ziyi’s Best Actress win for The Grandmaster was her tenth for the role, and the nearest to home. Arriving on the red carpet at the festival opening Zhang joked with reporters, saying her apartment was so close that she could nip home for dinner.
Kim Mordant’s Laos-shot Australian feature The Rocket took away the VFX gong.
The Tiantan award winners were:
Best Feature Film
Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster (China/Hong Kong)
Guillaume Gouix, Attila Marcel (France)
Zhang Ziyi, The Grandmaster (China/Hong Kong)
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Rickman, A Promise (France)
Best Supporting Actress
Lee Re, Hope (South Korea)
Peter Chan, American Dreams in China (China/Hong Kong)
Philippe Le Sourd, The Grandmaster (China/Hong Kong)
Attila Marcel (France)
Best Special Effects
The Rocket (Australia)