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Shanghai Film Festival Awards: 'Pedicab' Wins Best Film, 'Loving Vincent' Takes Animation Honor

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The Philippine film Pedicab, directed by Paolo Villaluna, won the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Award for best feature film Sunday.

Palme d'Or-winning Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu presided over the jury that selected the competition winners at the leading Chinese cinema event this year.

"For the humanism and universality of the story, for the simplicity of the style and realization — for the non-conformism with which it represented our desire to believe that there is a sense in this universe, the award for the best film goes to Pedicab, from the Philippines," Mungiu said as he called Villaluna »


- Patrick Brzeski

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Palm Springs Shortfest Winners Unveiled

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Jon-Erik Mack’s Facing Mecca, in which a Syrian refugee faces the Swiss bureaucracy, claimed the best of festival award, the top jury prize, at the 2017 Palm Springs International ShortFest, which concludes June 2. The film was also honored as best student live action short over 15 minutes.

The fest, which screened 338 short films and presented awards in 21 categories, presented its Grand Jury Award to Franck Dion’s The Head Vanishes, which was also named best animated short.

Audience awards went to Toma Waszarow’s Red Light, named best live action short; Nicholas Arioli’s Coin Operated, best animation short, Mari Bake Riise’s »


- Gregg Kilday

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China Box Office: 'Transformers 5' Opens to Huge $123M, but Can It Hold?

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To the surprise of absolutely no one, Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight made a major ruckus at the Chinese box office over the weekend.

The fifth installment in Michael Bay's critically maligned, commercially smash-successful franchise opened to a huge $123 million in the Middle Kingdom. And yet, some in the market might view that tally as just a touch disappointing. Going into the summer, the big question for China industry watchers was whether Universal's Fast 8 or Paramount's T5 would emerge as 2017's local box-office champ. It's now clear that Vin Diesel and company have the title locked up: The »


- Patrick Brzeski

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