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Shanghai Festival: ‘Little England’ Wins Golden Goblet

Gong Li-led jury also recognizes Chinese film that public was not allowed to see.

Greek film “Little England” claimed the top prizes, including the Golden Goblet, at the 17th edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The awards were handed out on Sunday (June 22) evening at a red carpet ceremony at the Shanghai Grand Theater.

Directed by Pantelis Voulgaris, “Little England” (aka “Mikra Anglia”) is a 1930s-set romantic drama contained in a societal microcosm on the island of Andros. Penelope Tsilika, the film’s lead, was also named best actress and Voulgaris named best director.

Highlighting a controversial and politically sensitive incident in the management of the festival, the Gong Li-led jury gave its jury grand prize (second place) to “The Uncle Victory” a Chinese film that was not shown to the public. After the film’s selection it emerged that the lead actor Huang Haibo has been convicted of consorting with a prostitute and has been transferred for six months of re-education after serving a 15 day prison term.

The festival showed the Zheng Meng-directed film to the jury in private, but cancelled five public screenings and refused to answer journalists’ questions about the film at the jury press conference. Huang was tipped as a favourite for the best acting prize, but was pipped by Thailand’s Vithaya Pansringarm in “The Last Executioner”.

2014 Shanghai International Film Festival – Golden Goblet prize-winners
Best film
“Little England” (“Mikra Anglia”) dir. Pantelis Voulgaris

Best director
Pantelis Voulgaris for “Little England” (“Mikra Anglia”)

Best artistic contribution
Gregg Alexander, composer, “Begin Again”

Best cinematography
Luo Pan for “Sacred Arrow”

Best screenplay
“Diplomacy” Volker Schloendorff, Cyril Gely

Jury Prize
“Uncle Victory” dir. Zheng Meng

Best actress
Penelope Tsilika in “Little England” (“Mikra Anglia”)

Best actor
Vithaya Pansringarm in “The Last Executioner”

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