VIFF opens Gateway to stampede of Golden Horses

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      Seasoned festival goers will be used to this by now: feature films nominated for this year’s Golden Horse Awards—aka the Chinese Oscars—are well represented at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

      Most significant among these is Shadow from master filmmaker Zhang Yimou, which arrives for its special presentation screening at the Centre for Performing Arts on Saturday (October 6) with a record 12 nominations, including best feature film, best director, best leading actor and actress (Deng Chao, Sun Li), and—giving us a good idea of what to expect here—best action cinematography.

      Shadow receives a second screening at the Centre on Monday (October 8).

      China’s Long Day’s Journey Into the Night (first screening today [October 4]) and An Elephant Standing Still (first screening Monday [October 8]) boast five and six noms respectively, with both appearing in the best feature film category. And Zhao Tao scored a best leading actress nom for her role in the China/France coproduction Ash Is the Purest White. (Screening Friday [October 5])

      The Wong Kar-wai-produced Jinpa (China), which has already received its VIFF screenings, was given two noms, including best director for Pema Tseden.

      The Golden Horse Awards nominations were announced on October 1. The winners ceremony takes place in Taipei on November 17.

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