Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) is being nominated for the best actress award in this year 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival for her role in the movie Bends (過界), which is competing in the Un Certain Regard section. She flew in to France a few days ago with her husband, Tony Leung Chiu Wai (梁朝偉), who was the winner of the Best Actor award at Cannes for his role in Wong Kar Wai’s (王家衛) In the Mood for Love (花樣年華) back in 2000.
Though it was raining in Cannes, this did not dampen the moods of the celebrities who were attending the important event. Many turned up in their dashing and talk-of-the-town attire despite the wet weather.
The director of Bends, Flora Lau (劉韻文), together with producer Shi Nansun (施南生), Winnie Yu (俞琤) and one of the investors, Hsu Feng (徐楓) also flew into Cannes to attend the event and the opening of their movie.
At the movie premiere, the audiences stood up, cheered and applauded when the film ended. It was a gratifying moment and the cheering lasted ten minutes. Though Tony who was in the audience did not stand up, he showed his utmost support to his wife by cheering and clapping along.
Since the premiere of Bends, it has won many local and foreign film critics approval. Carina’s portrayal of a wealthy wife has also received many good appraisals for her outstanding acting as well. Carina’s chances of winning the trophy seems to get closer and hopefully bring her the glory of international recognition as an acclaimed actress.
A reporter from a French TV station commented that the story of Bends is very meaningful and it reflects the difference between Hong Kong and mainland China very well. With Carina’s exquisite acting, it further brings out the flavor of the movie. Singing the same note are movie critics from Germany; they praised the film’s convincing storyline and beautiful scenery. The mainland Chinese media remarked that the characters in the film were very outstanding; they have great hopes for this movie and feel that it may win an award. However, critics from Italy did not share the same opinions.
Chen Kun, the male lead in Bends, was very excited during the red carpet ceremony. He was filled with emotions after watching the complete movie. Director Flora Lau commented at the premiere that from the preparation to the shooting of the movie, she has taken a long time in directing this film and hopes that the viewers will enjoy and like her work.
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Jennifer for JayneStars.com.