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UPDATED: April 30, 2015 Web Exclusive
A Time to Thank
The Beijing International Film Festival honors winners from around the world
Photos by Jiang Xiaoying

The Tiantan Award trophy of the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival. Tiantan, or the Temple of Heaven, is one of the most prominent historic landmarks of Beijing

The curtain fell on the Fifth Beijing International Film Festival at the scenic Yanqi Lake in Beijing on the night of April 23. The eight-day festival, billed as a top Asian movie event, also turned into a carnival for movie fans.

The films below stood out among 930 films from 90 countries and regions that competed for the Tiantan Awards.

The top winner of the night was Mexican director Bernardo Arellano, taking home the Best Feature Film award for his movie Beginning of Time.

The award for Best Director went to Jean-Jacques Annaud for his Sino-French co-production Wolf Totem. The movie, which took seven years to make in China, also picked up the prize for Best Visual Effects.

Best Actress and Best Actor awards went to Yulia Perisild from Ukraine for her performance in Battle for Savastopol, and Artem Tsypin from Russia for his portrayal of private detective Igor in A White, White Night.

Children, jointly produced by Slovakia and the Czech Republic, won awards for Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay. Also, Éva Bandor's performance in the movie earned her the award for Best Supporting Actress.

Hong Kong's Tony Leung won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a ruthless bandit in Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain.

The Best Music award went to Austrian film Gruber Geht.

(Source: CRIENGLISH.com)

The closing ceremony of the 2015 Beijing International Film Festival on April 23

The Beginning of Time receives the Best Feature Film award. The feature-length drama, depicting the troubled life of a 90-year-old couple, beat 14 other nominations selected from 930 candidates from 90 countries and regions

Jackie Chan (left), one of China's best-known movie stars, hugs French director Luc Besson. They presented Mexican director Bernardo Arellano the Best Feature Film award for his movie The Beginning of Time

Russian actor Artem Tsypin receives the Best Actor award for A White, White Night

Éva Bandor from the Czech Republic wins the Best Supporting Actress award for Children

French director Jean-Jacques Annaud is awarded the Best Director award for Wolf Totem

The film crew of The Taking of Tiger Mountain. The Chinese action movie made a hit at the beginning of 2015 with box office sales reaching 880 million yuan ($142 million)

Members of the Fifth International Jury of Tiantan Award pose on stage. From third left to right: American screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen, French director Luc Besson, Russian actor Fyodor Bondarchuk, South Korean director Kim Ki Duk, mainland actress Zhou Xun, director Peter Chan from Hong Kong, and director Fernando Meirelles from Brazil

Zhou Xun, one of the jury members. Zhou is a renowned Chinese actress, singer and environmental advocate

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