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Film directors' guild in China declines to name best picture award

Published on Apr 10, 2014 8:20 PM
 
A Touch of Sin directed by Chinese director, Jia Zhangke. A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship. -- FILE PHOTO: SINGAPORE CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL

BEIJING (AFP) - A major Chinese directors' association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship.

Mr Feng Xiaogang, a prominent filmmaker who chaired the nine-member jury for the China Film Directors' Guild Awards, announced the panel's unanimous decision on live television on Wednesday night.

The awards "should not be about our own enjoyment and satisfaction," Mr Feng said at the ceremony, according to multiple reports in Chinese-language media.

"What Chinese cinema needs isn't comfort," he added. "Rather, it should set a standard that everyone must strive for, which they can only attain by standing on tiptoe and reaching with all their might."

 
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