Magazine article Screen International

Hong Kong Chooses A Simple Life for Oscar Race, China Selects the Flowers of War

Magazine article Screen International

Hong Kong Chooses A Simple Life for Oscar Race, China Selects the Flowers of War

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Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines select their Best Foreign Language Film contenders.

Hong Kong has chosen Ann Hui's A Simple Life as the territory's contender for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Academy Awards.

The film, starring Deanie Ip and Andy Lau, follows an old lady who devotes her life to a rich family, working as their maid. The film won Ip a best actress title at this year's Venice Film Festival.

The Federation of Film Producers of Hong Kong chose A Simple Life over Peter Chan's martial arts film Wu Xia and Alan Mak's action-drama Overheard 2. The film is now undergoing small-scale screening sessions in order to qualify.

Meanwhile, Zhang Yimou's The Flowers Of War (formerly Heroes of Nanking), starring Christian Bale, will represent mainland China in the foreign language Oscar race.

China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has yet to officially announce the country's candidate. However, the film has just started a one-week screening session today in Beijing and Beijing's film industry circle as well as Zhang Zimou's Beijing New Pictures Film have also confirmed that The Flowers Of War will join the competition. …

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