The 9th Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) came to an end on Tuesday in Xi’an, Shaanxi, with the winners of the highly anticipated “Golden Silk Road Awards” being announced at the closing ceremony.
1,598 films from 90 different countries and regions entered the competition this year. The film “Close,” a co-production between The biggest winners were Belgium, the Netherlands, and France, who each took home two prestigious prizes in the categories of Best Film and Best Director. “Close,” a film about friendship and responsibility between two little boys, is directed by Lukas Dhont, and written by Dhont and Angelo Tijssens, reteaming after their first feature film “Girl” (2018). Eden Dambrine, Gustav de Waele, Emilie Dequenne, and Léa Drucker are the movie’s stars. “Close” premiered in May 2022 and will bring the Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to the traditional programs such as the fine film exhibition and film forums, the SRIFF also featured a special program called “Film and the City” — a film shooting location promotion. The film location economy is anticipated to give China’s film and cultural tourism industries new impetus by nurturing and forming a number of outstanding film location destinations and creating a platform for resource sharing in that sector.
The goal of the SRIFF, which was established in 2014, has been to support the growth of the Chinese audiovisual industry while fostering cultural exchange and cooperation among nations along the Belt and Road routes.