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Shanghai Festival: Pierre Jolivet’s ‘Night Watchman’ Wins Golden Goblet

French director Pierre Jolivet’s “The Night Watchman” was Sunday named best film and winner of the Golden Goblet (Jin Jue) award at the Shanghai International Film Festival. Actor Marc Zinga accepted the prize on behalf of Jolivet.

The 18th edition of China’s premier film festival ran June 13-21. Prizes were decided by a jury headed by Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”).

Organizers reported that the festival screened 391 films a total of 1,275 times on 51 screens in 45 movie theaters across 17 Shanghai districts. They reached an audience of over 300,000, and earned nearly RMB18 million at the box office.

Poland’s “Carte Blanche,” directed by Jacek Lusinski, claimed the jury grand prize. Otherwise Chinese film “The Dead End” made the next biggest awards night splash. The film earned Cao Baoping the best director award, while three of his cast, Deng Chao, Duan Yihong and Guo Tao, jointly drew the actor award.

“Watchman” (aka “Jamais de la Vie”) is the tale of a former skilled worker, whose life has turned to drudgery as a shopping mall security guard, and who siezes a chance to take control of his life again. It stars Olilier Gourmet, Marc Zinga and Valerie Bonneton.

On Friday, Iranian filmmaker Hooman Seyyedi’s debut film “13” won for best film and  cinematography in the separate Asian New Talent Award section. The film focuses on the loneliness and rage of a 13 year-old boy whose parents divorced. “13” has collected awards at other festivals including Busan and Warsaw.

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