Oscars: Hong Kong Nominates 'The Golden Era' in Foreign-Language Category

Ann Hui - P

Ann Hui - P

Ann Hui's film closed the Venice Film Festival and had its North American premiere in Toronto

Director Ann Hui's biopic The Golden Era has been selected as Hong Kong's representative in the best foreign-language film category at the 87th Academy Awards.

The selection was made and announced by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong.

The drama stars Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) as Xiao Hong, one of the most influential Chinese writers of the early 20th century. The film, which tracks Xiao's moves from Harbin, Chongqing and Wuhan to Hong Kong, where she died at the age of 32, was the closing film of the Venice Film Festival. It also had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Hui's A Simple Life was also selected to represent Hong Kong in the Academy Awards' best foreign-language film race back in 2011.

Produced by Stellar Mega Films, China Film Group, Edko Films, and Cheerland Entertainment Organization, The Golden Era was chosen from a shortlist that included Juno Mak's Rigor Mortis, Pang Ho-cheung's Aberdeen, Alan Mak and Felix Chong's Overheard 3, and  Fruit Chan's The Midnight After.

The Golden Era will be released in Hong Kong and China on Oct. 1.