Pavel Pawlikowski’s “Last Resort” nabbed the Golden Alexander in 2000. Since then the British helmer of Polish origins went on to direct the sultry arthouse crossover hit “My Summer of Love.” Shot on digital and largely improvised, “My Summer of Love” launched the careers of thesps Emily Blunt and Nathalie Press. Pawlikowski is currently in post with “The Restraints of Beasts,” starring Ben Wishaw.
Zang Yang won the Intl. Competition with his second pic, “Shower,” in 1999. His next pic, “Quitting” (2001), the true story of a leading Chinese actor getting caught up in a cycle of self-destruction, screened in fests around the world. His most recent, “Sunflower” (2005), starred Joan Chen and is about a family in Beijing surviving the extreme political and cultural changes of the last 30 years.
Chinese helmer Wang Xiaoshuia topped the Intl. Competition in 1994 with his debut pic, “The Days,” which was then blacklisted by the Chinese board of censors. Since then, he’s become one of the most prominent voices among China’s “Sixth Generation” helmers. He went on to direct “Vietnamese Girl,” which was also censored. After a recut and title change, pic eventually passed the censors as “So Close to Paradise” and screened in Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 1999. In 2001, he nabbed the Silver Bear for “Beijing Bicycle,” and in 2005, his latest pic, “Shanghai Dreams,” received the Jury Award in Cannes.