Dec 13 "The Winter," an Argentine film about
survival and isolation, won best film at the inaugural Macau
Film Festival on Tuesday and its director said he hoped the
accolade would bring his work closer to Asia.
Set on a ranch in Southern Patagonia, the story focuses on
an old foreman replaced by a younger man. As a harsh winter
arrives, the ageing man attempts to scare his successor away.
"I hope the award can bring my film closer to Asia and allow
the continent's audience to watch it," director Emiliano Torres
Portugal's "Saint George," took the directing prize for
Marco Martins and brought a best actor statuette for Nuno Lopes.
The six day festival, organised by the Macau government and
the Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture
Association, showcased a variety of films across the city.
Jury president Shekhar Kapur said Macau had the potential to
become an important Asian host for films and cultural festivals.
Asian culture "needs venues, from which it can express
itself. I was amazed by the infrastructure that is here," Kapur
Residents of Macau chose "Sisterhood" for the Macao audience
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Andrew Hay)