Philippine movie takes top honor at Vietnam film festival

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Filipino director Lawrence Fajardo's "Shackled" beat out the other 13 contestants to win Best Feature Film at the 2nd Hanoi International Film Festival held from November 25-29.

VnExpress quoted Fajardo as saying that it was the first time he had entered his film in an international film festival and that he felt lucky to win a prize.

Directors Reis Celick from Turkey and Iskandar Usmonov from Tajikistan shared the award for Best Director for their films "Night of Silence" and "Telegram" respectively.

"Night of Silence" star Ilyas Salman also won the festival's award for Best Leading Actor.

Yin Yaning of China was awarded Best Leading Actress for her role in "Song of Silence."

"Thien menh anh hung" (Blood letter) directed by Vietnamese-American Victor Vu won the festival's Jury's Award. It was one of two Vietnamese-made feature films to compete at the film fest.

The 14 films in the feature film category all came from either Asian countries or territories including China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Kazakhstan and Vietnam, while one other was produced in New Zealand.     

The jury panel in the feature film category included German director and manager of the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin, Jan Schuette (president of the jury); New Zealand actor and film producer Cliff Curtis; Indonesian director Garin Nugroho; Vietnamese actress Nguyen Thi Nhu Quynh and Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti.   

The event's award for Best Short Film went to the Indonesian production "Bermula Dari A."

The winners of the Best Feature Film and the Best Short Film received prizes of US$5,000 and $3,000 respectively, according to the film festival's website.

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