Ann Hui
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HONG KONG – Hong Kong-director Ann Hui will receive the Busan Festival’s Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award.

Her latest work “The Golden Era,” which is also set as the closing film of the Venice festival, will be given a gala screening in Busan.

The festival, which presents the award annually to an individual who has significantly contributed to the development of the Asian film industry and Asian culture said that the award acknowledged Hui’s “contribution to Asian cinema, and … [the] spirit that produced outstanding works of the generation.”

Hui was among the leaders of Hong Kong’s ‘New Wave movement’ and pioneered the golden era of Hong Kong cinema. She is particularly skilled in portraying the joys and sorrows of the lower and middle class in Hong Kong, and lives of women through varied film genres.

Her films include “Love in a Fallen City” (1984), “Eighteen Springs” (1997), “Visible Secret” (2001) and “A Simple Life” (2011).

Set against the backdrop of 1930s China and its turbulent political and cultural environment, “The Golden Era,” tells the story of Xiao Hong, a major figure in modern Chinese literature. Tang Wei plays the writer.

The Busan festival this year runs Oct. 2-12, 2014 and will announce its line up on Sept 2.

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