Hong Kong thriller Limbo (智齒) is leading the nominations in this year’s Golden Horse Awards with 14 nods.
The Cantonese-language film, which tells the story of a seasoned policeman and a rookie officer hunting a serial killer, was nominated for the Best Narrative Feature award, while its director, Soi Cheang (鄭保瑞), was nominated for Best Director.
The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee announced the nominations on Tuesday.
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Three of the film’s actors were also nominated: Lam Ka-tung (林家棟) for Best Leading Actor, Cya Liu (劉雅瑟) for Best Leading Actress and Mason Lee (李淳) for Best Supporting Actor.
The film, which was shot in black and white, was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup and Costume Design, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Film Score.
A total of 457 entries were submitted to the Golden Horse Awards this year, eight fewer than last year’s 465, the committee said.
Limbo was followed by two Taiwanese films with 13 nominations.
They are the horror film Incantation (咒) about a Taiwanese family who spirals into paranoia, and Coo-Coo 043 (一家子兒咕咕叫), which tells the story of a family that makes a living from racing pigeons dealing with economic difficulties and the disappearance of their son. The two films, along with Gaga (哈勇家) and The Sunny Side of the Street (白日青春), are also competing for the Best Narrative Feature award.
Also competing for Best Leading Actor are Louis Cheung Kai-chung (張繼聰) in The Narrow Road (窄路微塵), Anthony Wong (黃秋生) in The Sunny Side of the Street, Chang Hsiao-chuan (張孝全) in The Post-Truth World (罪後真相) and Yu An-shun (游安順) in Coo-Coo 043.
The other contenders for Best Leading Actress are Tsai Hsuan-yen (蔡?晏) in Incantation, Angela Yuen Lai-lam (袁澧林) in The Narrow Road, Sylvia Chang (張艾嘉) in A Light Never Goes Out (燈火闌珊) and Hong Hui-fang (洪慧芳) in Ajoomma (花路阿朱媽).
The committee also named late special effects designer Chen Ming-ze (陳銘澤), who specialized in pyrotechnics, the “Outstanding Taiwanese Filmmaker of the Year.”
Two lifetime achievement awards would be given this year — to director and cinematographer Lai Cheng-ying (賴成英), and cinematographer Chang Chao-tang (張照堂) — the committee has said.
The awards ceremony is to take place at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on Nov. 19.
All the nominated films will be screened during the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival from Nov. 2 to 20, along with a range of new and classic movies.
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