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Award category shines spotlight on Chinese talent

By Xu Fan | China Daily | Updated: 2017-02-16 07:19

Award category shines spotlight on Chinese talent

Xu Haofeng (center) won the best director award of Asian Brilliant Stars for the martial-arts film The Master. [Photo provided to China Daily]

It may be a bit early to predict the winners of this year's Berlinale International Film Festival, but a newly launched event has drawn European attention to top Chinese talent.

Asian Brilliant Stars-an award category for Asian movies, the first in the festival's history of more than 60 years-announced the three winners in the German capital on Sunday.

Liu Zhenyun, one of China's most acclaimed writers, took the best scriptwriter award for his art-house drama Someone to Talk To, based on his bestselling novel of the same title.

Ye Ning, vice-president of Huayi Brothers Media Corp, claimed the best producer honor for the firm's unlikely romance The Wasted Times.

And author-turned director Xu Haofeng won the best director award for The Master, a 1930s tale tracing the roots of Chinese kung fu in northern China.

The three winners to some extent represent the Chinese bid to do art-house films despite the pressures of the box office.

Richard Shen, secretary-general of Asian Film and Television Promotion, says the awards aim to showcase top Chinese film talent to the West.

The event is a joint initiative of Asian Film and Television Promotion, China Radio and Television Association and the Beijing Film Academy.

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