Ang Lee praises film fest quality despite boycottLocal | 25 Nov 2019 2:01 pm
Oscar-winning Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee said after the Golden Horse Awards ceremony Saturday that although China's boycott this year was regrettable, the awards will continue to welcome all Chinese-language films.
Hong Kong also boycotted the awards. Hong Kong director Johnnie To quit jury duty.
"Our arms will always be open," Lee said, CNA reports.
Lee, who was chairman of the awards' executive committee this year, was referring to China's decision in August to ban Chinese films and filmmakers from participating, in response to political fallout from last year's awards.
During last year's ceremony, Taiwanese documentary director Fu Yu said in her acceptance speech that she hoped for Taiwan to be treated as an "independent entity," infuriating Beijing and the Chinese filmmakers in the audience.
China sees Taiwan as part of its territory.
Speaking to reporters after the ceremony this year, Lee noted that China's boycott was definitely a loss to the awards, but he emphasized that the quality of the films submitted was not reduced.
"Though we do not wish to see political situations, we must face them," Lee said, adding that the awards will continue to try their best to be a platform for all Chinese-language cinema, as well as one that nurtures filmmakers.
"I'm sure that everyone who has participated in the Golden Horse Awards feel a sense of coming home, a sense of mutual support in difficult times and a sense of learning," Lee said.
Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious film events in the Chinese-speaking world, was held Saturday at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei.
The Taiwan film “A Sun” won the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Editing awards.