With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Sunday, October 02, 2016

SOULMATE receives 7 nominations at Taiwan Golden Horse Film Awards, now in North American theaters

Soulmate, a drama about two girls' decades long friendship, received 7 nominations from Taiwan Golden Horse Film Awards, the Chinese cinema’s equivalent of Oscars. Both actresses, Zhou Dongyu and Ma Sichun are nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The nominees were announced on Saturday in Taipei.

The film was adapted by veteran Hong Kong film director Peter Chan (Comrades Almost a Love Story, Dragon) from a online novel written by Anni Baobei. Soulmate was nominated for Best Director, Best Leading Actress (two) , Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Original Film Song.

Producer Peter Chan, director Derek Tsang, two leading actresses Zhou Dongyu and Masichun reacted to the nomination.

Peter Chan: I’m gratified and relieved. (Both actresses you picked for the roles are nominated) It’s perfect! Both of them are indispensable.

Director Derek Tsang: I’m very grateful. I’m so excited! I don’t know what to say. My mind has gone blank. (You were nominated for Best New Director in 2010. Now you are in the same category with Feng Xiaogang and Johnnie To) It’s a great honor to be nominated together with them. I feel I have already won. They are both masters. Their films are great. (Both actresses are nominated for Best Leading Actress?) Both of them getting nominated actually is exactly what I have been hoping for. Because both of them did such wonderful job in Soulmate. This is what I have wanted to see. Now I have finally seen it happen. Don’t know what to say. I am thrilled.

Zhou Dongyu: Hahaha…Happy! I don’t always get nominated. The photo…(Talking about the still used for nomination announcement) The teeth, the eyes…so tight. Thanks to the director! Thanks to July. Thanks to Soulmate. Thanks to everybody!

Ma Sichun: (Teared up) It’s my first time getting nominated for Best Leading Actress. I’m shocked, moved and surprised. It’s a special thing. I’m grateful I have a wonderful co-star Zhou Dongyu. I am happy for her. I am happy for all of us. Thanks to the director, our producer and the entire team. They lifted us up. My special thanks to Dongyu. We had great chemistry. This is my second Golden Horse nomination. I thought I wouldn’t be so lucky to get nominated twice in a row. I can’t thank enough.

The film is now playing in theaters in North America. Full theater list is at filmsoulmate.com.

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