Buddha Mountain, the Chinese film directed by Li Yu, won the Best Film Award at Casa Asia Film Festival Week 2011 held in Barcelona from 6th to June 12th. The festival screened in its first edition a total of 30 films in three different categories, 11 of them competing in the «Official Section».
The jury, composed by Isaac Monclús, Independent Cultural Programmer, Rubén Lardín, Critic and Essayist, Eulalia Iglesias, Professor of New Formats Audiovisual in the URV, Angela Martínez, Director of the Audiovisual Department of the CCCB and Manel Ollé, Professor of East Asia Film Studies Degree in East Asia (UAB-UPF), awarded Buddha Mountain for its capacity to capture the feeling of contemporary Chinese youth, and for portraying a number of characters from different generations who seek to settle down in a country in constant transformation.
Buddha Mountain, directed by Li Yu and played by Fang Bingbing, Sylvia Chang and Chen Po Lin is a drama of 135 minutes, shot in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, that suffered in 2008 the consequences of one of the most violent earthquakes.
The film describes the relationship established among three friends (two boys and a girl) and her landlady, a former Chinese opera star. A mix of drama and comedic moments, the film unfolds the reasons in the present life and past of each of the characters to weave a web from which the viewer will hardly escape.
Casa Asia Film Week (CAFW) Award to the Best Film was given at the Closing Ceremony before the screening of the film The Stool Pigeon by Dante Lam that closed its first edition. CAFW started last June 6th at the headquarters of Casa Asia with the several cultural activities and screenings of three documentaries and a thriller, and continued with the festival itself from 9th to 12th of June at Cinemes Girona, with films that were framed in three different sections: «Official Section» in which have competed 11 Asian films of recent production, «'Panorama», with 6 films of the last two years, and finally, «Retrospective» dedicated to the celebrated Hong Kong director Ann Hui and composed by five of her best works.
Hong Kong director, Ann Hui, received during the opening ceremony the Casa Asia Film Week Honorific Award for her career. Reing of Assassins by John Woo and Chow-bin Su opened officially the festival on June 9th.
Casa Asia Film Week is organised by Casa Asia and includes the programme of Ángel Sala and Mike Hostench of the SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, as well as the general coordination of Gloria Fernández and Enrique Garcelán of CineAsia. Menene Gras Balaguer, responsable for the Department of Culture and Exhibitions of Casa Asia, directs this contest.