‘Balloon’ takes best picture at Hainan Island International Film Festival

Screen | 12/9/2019 | Staff
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Pema Tsedan’s Balloon was named best picture while Wang Lina’s A First Farewell took awards for best director and best actress (Sonam Wangmo) at the first Golden Coconut Awards at China’s Hainan Island International Film Festival (HIIFF) on Sunday night (December 8).

Both films, in the Tibetan language and Uighur language respectively, coincidentally touch on ethnic minority issues in China.

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The Golden Coconut Awards are a new addition this year, handing out cash prizes in 10 categories among films selected for the festival’s international competition for feature, documentary and short films. Winners also include Tunisian filmmaker Mehdi M Barsaoui’s A Son, which walked away with best screenplay and shared the best actor prize for Sami Bouajila’s performance.

The best actor award was shared with Japan’s Ryuhei Matsuda for his role in Keishi Ohtomo’s Beneath The Shadow, which received...
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