Hong Kong film wins Cannes short film award
Hong Kong’s “All the Ravens in the World” won the Best Short Film Award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.
Director Tang Yi’s 14-minute feature film is based on an experience she had as a teenager and tells the story of a high school girl who is invited by her cousin to a mysterious adult party.
Last month, Tang won Best Director and Best Screenplay for his film at the Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival Awards in Hong Kong.
In accepting her award, she thanked Fresh Wave and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council for funding the film “No Pressure”.
The winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes went to the shock festival “Titane” of director Julie Ducournau.
Ducournau is just the second woman to win the award, for a film that has been one of the craziest, sexiest and most violent ever to screen at the Cannes film festival.
It tells the story of a young woman who has sex with cars, kills without caring, and pretends to be a boy while pregnant with a vintage Cadillac.
Lee, the first black man to lead the jury, read the winner at the very beginning of the awards section, rather than presenting the night’s top prize for best actor.
Ducournau broke down in tears when the official announcement was made later, and told the crowd: “This night has been perfect because it has been imperfect.
“Thanks for letting the monsters in.”
The only other woman to win first prize was Jane Campion for “The Piano” in 1993.
The second Grand Prix prize was split between two-time Iranian Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi (“A hero”) and Finland’s Juho Kuosmanen (“Compartment # 6”), while the best screenplay went to Japan’s Hamaguchi Ryusuke and Takamasa Oe for “Drive My Car”.
The race had been wide open this year, with critics pointing to many possible successors to “Parasite”, the South Korean hit that won the last Palme in 2019 before making history by triumphing at the Oscars.
Last year’s festival was canceled due to the pandemic. (AFP Supplementary Report)
Last updated: 2021-07-18 HKT 10:56