Beijing Film Fest: 'The Beginning of Time' Wins Best Picture at Tiantan Awards

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The best director award went to Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Mexican director Bernardo Arellano's The Beginning of Time won the best feature film category in the Tiantan awards at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, now in its fifth edition.

The best director award went to Jean-Jacques Annaud for his work on the $40 million Sino-French epic Wolf Totem, which also picked up the best visual effects award.

The award for best actor in a leading role went to Artem Tsypin for A White, White Night, while Yuliya Peresild took best actress for The Battle For Sevastopol.
The best cinematography and best screenplay award went to the Slovakian film Deti (Children), directed by Jaro Vojtek, which also picked up best supporting actress for Eva Bandor, while the best music went to Maria Kreutzer's Gruber Geht.

The best supporting actor was given to Tony Leung Ka-fai for Tsui Hark's The Taking of Tiger Mountain.

This year's jury had added prestige by the addition of former Venice fest head Marco Mueller.

The jury was headed by French director Luc Besson, who handed out the award with action star Jackie Chan.

Other names on the panel included U.S. screenwriter and filmmaker Robert Mark Kamen (The Karate Kid, The Transporter), Russian director Fedor Bondarchuk (The State Counsellor), Hong Kong director and producer Peter Ho-sun Chan (Dearest, American Dreams in China), South Korean director Kim Ki-duk (One on One), Brazilian producer, director and writer Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) and Chinese actress Zhou Xun (Suzhou River, The Message).