H.K. awards disqualify ‘Life’

Zhangke film fell short of election rules

Chinese pic “Still Life” has been yanked as a nominee for best Asian film at the Hong Kong Film Awards.

Pic, helmed by China’s Jia Zhangke, fell short of election rules because it was released on digital screens. Nominated films must be released in a 35mm format.

The film, about two people looking for their partners as villages are flooded by a huge dam project, won last year’s Golden Lion at Venice.

Taking its place in competition will be the next highest-scoring pic: Singapore’s “I Not Stupid Too,” helmed by Jack Neo. Pic will compete against “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles” from China, Japan’s “Death Note,” China’s “Crazy Stone” and “The Host” from Korea.

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