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China’s Zhangke wins best screenplay at Cannes
May 27, 2013, 1:13 pm

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Jia Zhangke at the festival in France [Getty Images]

The Cannes jury has awarded best screenplay to Jia Zhangke for ‘A Touch of Sin’ which he also directed.

The movie depicts the struggles of ordinary people in contemporary China told through four separate stories.

The 43-year-old Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s film was praised by festival jury chief Steven Spielberg as nothing less than “visionary”.

CRI reported that a New York-based distribution company, Kina Lorber, announced that they have acquired the rights to release the movie in the US.

The film was part-funded by a state-owned organisation, the Shanghai Film Group Corporation.

The Guardian described the film as depicting “China as a globalised economic power player suffering a new and violent Cultural Revolution of money-worship.”

The 66th Cannes Film Festival ended on Sunday evening after 12 days of competition with French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche’s ‘La Vie d’Adele – Chapitre 1&2’ (‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’) taking the prestigious Palme d’Or.

Source: Agencies