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Director Ann Hui President of the Orizzonti Jury

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Her new film The Golden Era will close the 71st Venice Film Festival
06 | 18 | 2014

Orizzonti: the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema

The most important woman director in Hong Kong, Ann Hui, will chair the International Jury forthe Orizzonti section at the 71st Venice International Film Festival 2014, which will award the Orizzonti prize for Best Film and the other official awards.
 
Her latest work, The Golden Era, will be the closing film of the 71st Venice Film Festival. It is a reconstruction of the life of Xiao Hong, one of the most radical and controversial Chinese woman writer of the early twentieth century.
 
Ann Hui, the first female director to win the Asian Film Award (the Asian Oscar) for Lifetime Achievement, is the author of thirty feature-length films and winner of numerous prizes. She is considered one of the leading figures in the “Hong Kong New Wave” of the 1970s and 1980s, but her films have focused on all the historic phases of the former British colony up to the present. In 2011 Ann Hui won great acclaim at the Venice Film Festival for A Simple Life, for which actress Deanie Ip won the Coppa Volpi. In 1995, for Summer Snow, Josephine Siao won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Ann Hui's cinema also marked the debut of Andy Lau, the star of Boat People (1982). Herfilms have reinterpreted the classic genres with a specific and more personal preference for social melodrama.
 
The 71st Venice Film Festival will be held from August 27th to September 6th, 2014 on the Lido, directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale chaired by Paolo Baratta.
 
The International Jury of Orizzonti, chaired by Ann Hui and composed of 7 leading personalities in film and culture from different countries, will award, with no joint awards allowed, the following prizes:
  - Orizzonti Award for Best Film
  - Orizzonti Award for Best Director
  - Orizzonti Special Jury Prize
  - Special Orizzonti Award for Innovative Contribution
  - Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film
 
The Orizzonti section includes an international Competition reserved to a maximum of 20 feature-length films, dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema, with special attention to debut films, young talents who are not yet firmly established, indie features, as well as works that address specific genres and current production, with the aim of innovating and demonstrating creative originality.
The Orizzonti section contains a selection of competing short films lasting a maximum of 20 minutes, selected on the basis of criteria such as quality and originality of language and expression. Only feature-length and short films presented as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival will be admitted.
 
Born in 1947 in Ahshan, in Manchuria, Ann Hui moved with her family at a very young age to Hong Kong, where she studied literature. After graduating, she made documentaries and fiction films for television, and worked as an assistant to King Hu, the great Chinese master of martial arts films. In 1979 she made her debut as a film director with Fung gip (The Secret), a thriller that is also a historical, social and political analysis of Hong Kong. It was followed in 1981 by the thriller Woo Yuet dik go si (The Story of Woo Yuet), with Chow Yun Fat, in 1982 by the social melodrama Tau ban no hoi (Boat People) with Andy Lau, dedicated to the tragedy in Vietnam. This was followed by the epic Shu jian en chou lu (The Romance of Book and Sword, 1987) and the family melodrama Ke tu qiu hen (Song of the Exile, 1990). In 1996 she directed the gangster movie A Jin de gushi (The Stunt Woman), with Michelle Yeoh, and participated in the Berlin Film Festival with Nüren sishi (Summer Snow), for which Josephine Siao won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. In 1997 she participated at the Venice International Film Festival with Gei diy chun fung (As Time Goes By), in the Officina Veneziana – Documentary section.
In the 2000s Ann Hui directed, among others, Laam yan sei sap (July Rhapsody, 2002) and Yima de houxiandai sheng huo (The Postmodern Life of My Aunt, 2006). In 2011 she returned to Venice with Tao Jie (A Simple Life), the true story of a sixty-year old woman who served in the household of a young producer, whom she attends to as if he were her own son. The star, Deanie Ip, won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. Ann Hui’s latest film is titled Huangjin Shidai (The Golden Era, 2014) and stars Chinese actress Tang Wei.