''The Winter, ''directed by Emiliano Torres, is named best film at the inaugural event. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: An Argentinian film about survival and isolation walked away with the top prize of Best Film at the inaugural Macau Film Festival on Tuesday evening (December 13). "The Winter" is set on a ranch in Southern Patagonia, the story focuses on an old foreman replaced by a younger man and as a harsh winter arrives, the ageing man attempts to scare his successor away. Director Emiliano Torres was speechless when he received the award but said he hopes that the accolade will bring Asia closer. "I hope the award can bring my film closer to Asia and allow the continent's audience to watch it." he told reporters at a news conference after the award ceremony. English actress Lyndsey Marshal won Best Actress for her performance in "Trespass Against Us" and actor Nuno Lopes who starred in "Saint George" won Best Actor. Both were not present at the festival. The Portuguese film, "Saint George" also took home Best Director. "This award is very important to us as this competition is well known. It is also the first international film festival of Macau and will certainly help promote our film in the future," director Marco Martins said. Residents of Macau voted "Sisterhood" for the Macao Audience Choice Award. "I really hope that the next project can continue to feature this city, Macau. But it doesn't eliminate stories or projects that don't exist outside of the city. I just hope - like Jennifer (Best Young Actress) said - would love to continue making movies," Macanese director, Tracy Choi, said. Actors, actresses and filmmakers from across the world walked down the red carpet to conclude the city's first Macau Film Festival and Awards ceremony. Jury President Shekhar Kapur said Macau has potential to become an important Asian host for films and cultural festivals. "I think because the new culture in terms of globalisation, it's counter culturalisation now. It's the Asian culture that will come up and make itself heard. And it's needs venues, from which it can express itself and I think Macau, I was amazed by the infrastructure that is here," he said. The 6-day festival, co-organised by the Macau government and the Macau Films & Television Productions and Culture Association, showcased a variety of films across the city.