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By Staff Reporter
Wed, 04 September 2013, 23:55 PM (HKT)
Two Asian films won prizes in the main competition at the 37th Montreal World Film Festival (22 Aug — 2 Sep 2013) on Monday night.
TANAKA Mitsutoshi 田中光敏's Ask This of Rikyu 利休にたずねよ (2013) (pictured) shared the Best Artistic Contribution award with François-Xavier Vives Landes from France. The Japanese film stars ICHIKAWA Ebizo 市川海老蔵 as the legendary tea master .
YANG Yazhou 楊亞洲's Feed Me 哺乳期的女人 (2012) from China won an Innovation Award. The film, based on a novel by BI Feiyu 畢飛宇, stars YU Nan 余男 as a pregnant woman found by villagers on a river boat as she is about to give birth.
The awards' Grand Prix went to Maciej Pieprzyca's Life Feels Good (Chce siez zyc) from Poland. The Special Grand Prix of the jury went to Erik Poppe's A Thousand Times Goodnight from Norway.
The jury, headed by Czech director Jiri Menzel, was composed of Spanish director Pedro Olea, Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas, US festival director Michael Kutza and France-based Chinese director and author DAI Sijie 戴思杰.
Due to strike action at Canadian consulates and embassies, many guests were unable to attend due to visa processing delays. The festival stated, "The MWFF has worked assiduously to help overcome these obstacles but mostly in vain."