“I Am Not Madame Bovary” wins Golden Horse audience award

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's (???) melodrama "I Am Not Madame Bovary" (??????) won the non-competition Golden Horse Audience Choice Award at a ceremony in Taipei Friday night.

The ceremony was held a day ahead of the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, widely considered the Oscars of Chinese language films.

"I Am Not Madame Bovary" is about a woman, played by Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (???), who conspires with her husband to get a fake divorce in order to secure a second apartment, only to have him betray her and remarry someone else. After being swindled by her ex-husband, the woman spends a decade fighting China's legal system to have her divorce nullified.

The film will compete Saturday night at the Golden Horse Awards, in the categories of best feature film, best director, best lead actress, best adapted screenplay and best original film score.

Feng is seeking to win his third Golden Horse title with the film. The 58-year-old acclaimed director, screenwriter and actor previously won best adapted screenplay in 2005 with the action drama "A World Without Thieves" (????) and best lead actor in 2015 for his role as a ruffian in the action comedy "Mr. Six" (???).

Other prizes were also given out Friday.

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival's FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Prize was given to Chinese director Zhang Dalei's (???) "The Summer Is Gone" (??).

The black-and-white drama, set in the 1990s in a small town in western China, is about a boy's last summer vacation before he enters junior high school. While he and his friends spend their days idling, the adults around them are rocked by the loss of job security as China drastically reforms its state-owned enterprises.

Judges touted the film for delicately showing the transformation of society and for its "astounding and sophisticated" vision.

The film will compete Saturday night for the Golden Horse Awards for best new director, best new performer, best original screenplay, best cinematography and best sound effects.

The FIPRESCI Prize aims to encourage outstanding Chinese-language filmmaking and new and young filmmakers. The Federation is an international non-governmental organization consisting of professional film critics and journalists. It has members in over 60 countries.

Meanwhile, the Piaget Award, which encourages original screenplays, went to Myanmar-born Taiwanese director Midi Z (???) for "The Road to Mandalay" (????).

"The Road to Mandalay," Z's fourth feature film, centers on the life and love of two illegal Burmese migrants, who struggle to survive in Thailand after fleeing civil war in their country.

Z thanked his cast members for their brilliant performance, and his eldest sister and other young Burmese, whose "Taiwan Dream" he said inspired the film.

"This story is about the 'Taiwan Dream' of my sister and others, who went to Thailand because they wanted to come to Taiwan. Many details of the story and the script came from interviews with them," said the 33-year-old director of Chinese descent.

"So I want to thank my sister and people in my hometown who have the 'Taiwan Dream,'" said Z, who came to Taiwan at the age of 16 to study.

The 53rd Golden Horse Awards ceremony will take place at the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei. A total of 47 nominated films will compete for awards in 22 categories.

The Golden Horse is one of the most prestigious film awards in the Chinese-speaking world.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel