63rd Locarno International Film Festival

63rd Locarno International Film Festival, Italy (August 4 - August 14, 2010)

The members of the FIPRESCI jury found many relationships between the films in this year's International Competition. In particular, we were struck by the correspondences between a pair of Chinese films, which utilize very different tones and formal techniques to create a kind of national portraiture. With this in mind, we would like to make a special mention of Xu Xin's exceptional and brave documentary Karamay. However, after a long and difficult deliberation, we have decided to award the International Critics' Prize to a narrative film that plays innovatively with duration inside an impeccable mise-en-scene, and which uses a deadpan comedy style to frame deeper issues about Chinese society — especially its younger generation. That film is Winter Vacation (Han Jia), directed by Li Honqqi.

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FIPRESCI PRIZE

Winter Vacation Han Jia Winter Vacation

by Li Hongqi  

(China, 2010, 91 mins) Jury: Susanna Harutyunyan (Armenia) , Adam Nayman (Canada) , Nicolas Bauche (France) , Miroslav Lanik (Slovakia) , Nina Scheu (Switzerland)
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