Hainan film festival welcomes Hollywood A-list

With a bunch of top international stars in attendance, the recently concluded Hainan International Film Festival has gripped the rest of the world.

Its masterclasses, which ran from Friday to Sunday, were arguably the biggest highlight of the weeklong event, where A-list celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Aamir Khan and Isabelle Huppert imparted their wisdom to a gripped audience.

Award-winning Turkish director Ceylan opened the program and shared his experience and tips on filmmaking.

Born in Istanbul in 1959, Ceylan shot to fame with his directorial debut, Cocoon, the first Turkish short film to be selected in a competition section of the Cannes Film Festival.

However, it is a string of his following films-especially the Palme d’Or winner, Winter Sleep (2014)-that have established his reputation as a master of Turkish cinema.

“For me, filmmaking is like an investigation; an examination of myself and the people I’ve known very well,” says Ceylan during his masterclass.

Most of Ceylan’s films employ a small crew, with the actors comprising mainly friends or relatives. His films are reviewed as being full of poetic depictions that arouse deep thoughts about Turkey and its people.

But even for an internationally acclaimed filmmaking master, Ceylan says it still feels painful to launch a new film, and the most challenging parts are writing the script and the shooting.

“People usually say filmmaking is a collaboration, but I always feel lonely because nobody understands my creative vision like I do,” he says.

Feeling isolated from the rest of the production, whether in the limelight, or behind the scenes, is probably a shared anxiety.

Arriving around 4 am at Sanya airport on Saturday, Depp-who wore a pair of sunglasses and looked a bit tired-followed Ceylan, to open up on his joys and fears in a candid retrospective of his 30-year acting career.

As one of the highest-paid superstars in Hollywood, Depp is familiar to Chinese fans for his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He recently impressed local audiences as the titular dark wizard in David Yates’ blockbuster Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The film also chose to use only available lights to give another nod to Rohmer.

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — A young Chinese female director has paid tribute to the late French New Wave director Eric Rohmer over her discreet, luminous and gentle movie entitled The Three Adventures of Brooke.

The film was one of 11 selections at Venice Days, an independent film showcase that has been running parallel to the Venice Film Festival.

Directed by 30-year-old Beijing Film Academy graduate Yuanqing Zhu, it features a Chinese and Malaysian cast along with award-winning French actor Pascal Greggory, who has acted in Rohmer’s films before.

It tells three versions of a story centered on Brooke, a young woman from Beijing who travels to the Malaysian town of Alor Setar — an uneventful spot by the sea.

Played by Chinese actress Xu Kangri, Brooke is on a different existential quest in each of the tales, which all begin on the same day following the same inciting incident — her bicycle blows a tire — but take off in three directions due to what director Zhu calls “slight changes in the universe.”

In each tale, Brooke meets new people and spends time with them in conversations that touch on themes of morality, social changes, and the nature of love, friendship, and mourning.

“With my sincere and deepest respect for Eric Rohmer, I hope my film can demonstrate the light, warm, private and controlled side of life’s uncertainties,” said Zhu, who wrote and edited her debut feature film.

The movie has used many long shots and low-key editing, a spare use of music and ambient sounds — birdsong, traffic, flowing water, wind in the trees, and waves breaking on the shore.

The film also chose to use only available lights to give another nod to Rohmer.

“We cancelled the gaffer crew and did not use any movie lights — just natural light, and what was already there,” cinematograher Zhu Jingjing told Xinhua. “The street is the street, the beach is the beach, night is night — out of respect for Rohmer.”


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Cosby, 81, was convicted on April 26 of aggravated indecent assault for drugging

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) — Famous U.S. comedian Bill Cosby was on Tuesday sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison for sexual assault, becoming the first prominent celebrity to be sentenced in the “MeToo” movement.

Judge Steven O’Neill of a court in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania said that the evidence indicating that Cosby planned to drug and sexually assault his victims was “overwhelming.”

Cosby, 81, was convicted on April 26 of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004, whom Cosby was mentoring.

While Constand was the only one who sought criminal charges against the comedian, more than 60 women, including actresses, models, flight attendants, have called out Cosby’s actions dated back to the 1960s.

Cosby started his entertainment career in the 1960s as a stand up comedian, and then rose to nationwide fame with the television show I Spy. In the 1980s he produced and starred in the sitcom The Cosby Show, which was rated as the number one show in the United States from 1984 to 1989.

The sentencing of Cosby is the first trial of a celebrity convicted with sexual assault. Harvey Weinstein, another Hollywood heavyweight, is also undergoing legal process after more than 80 women accused him of sexual assault.


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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) — Pop singer Taylor Swift won big by nabbing four honors at the 2018 American Music Awards (AMAs) ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Swift, who kicked off the show with a performance of “I Did Something Bad,” took home awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Tour of the Year. She has so far won 23 AMAs awards, breaking the previous record of 21 wins for a female artist, held by the late American singer Whitney Houston.

“Thank you for this incredible symbol of encouragement,” she said while accepting her award for Artist of the Year, the biggest prize of the night, noting that every single award given out at the ceremony were voted on by the people.

The superstar called for live and television audiences to head to the polls in the upcoming midterm elections on November 6.

“You know what else is voted on by the people,” she added, “Get out and vote!”

Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded on the basis of votes by members of the Recording Academy, the winners of AMAs are determined by a poll of the public and viewers.

The nominees of the awards are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on Billboard.com, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring. These measurements are tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound.

Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello was another big winner of the night with four awards, including Favorite Music Video, Favorite Pop/Rock Song, Collaboration of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The 21-year-old singer performed an orchestral version of “Consequences” on the stage.

Cardi B and Kane Brown each nabbed three trophies at the awards ceremony. Cardi B won the awards for Favorite Rap/Hip-hop Artist, Favorite Rap/Hip-hop Song and Favorite Soul/R&B Song. Kane Brown, the most nominated artist in the country music category, took home awards for Favorite Country Song, Favorite Country Album and Favorite Country Male Artist.

South Korean boy band, BTS, won the award for Favorite Social Artist. Shawn Mendes accepted the award for favorite adult contemporary artist and Carrie Underwood won the award for favorite female country artist.

Disney and Marvel Studios’ superhero film “Black Panther” won the award for Favorite Soundtrack.

Other winners included Khalid for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Rihanna for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and XXXTentacion for Favorite Soul/R&B Album.

First established in 1973, the American Music Awards is one of the most important music award shows in the United States. It’s reportedly the world’s largest fan-voted awards show.


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