Wong Kar Wai Honored with the Stockholm Visionary Award

The 19th Stockholm International Film Festival presents the Stockholm Visionary Award 2007 to Chinese director Wong Kar Wai. Wong Kar Wai will visit the festival to accept the award in person and to meet the audience in a special Face2face on Nov 28.

The motivation is as follows:
Mr Wong Kar Wai is a visionary director that has moved audiences in every corner of the world with his cinematic language. He has a unique abilty to cast the creatures of the night in a romantic and moody light while capturing the beauty of the fleeting moment on the silver screen . It is an honor to present Mr Wong Kar Wai with the Stockholm Visionary Award for his continuous exploration of the labyrinth of the human heart in a search with no boundaries in time, space or form.

Born in 1956 in Shanghai, China, Kar Wai graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic College in 1980, and thereafter enrolled in a screenwriter’s program. In 1994, he received the FIPRESCI Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival for “Chungking Express”. And in 1997, “Happy Together” won the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. Kar-Wai’s first feature in English, “My Blueberry Nights” from 2007, engaged major contemporary film stars such as Rachel Weiss, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.

Together with his frequent collaborator, cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Kar-Wai has developed a distinctive cinematic style, where the visual imagery is a language of its own. This directorial trademark is perhaps most evident in Kar-Wai’s biggest commercial success so far, “In the Mood for Love” (2000).

Wong Kar Wai will attend the Stockholm International Film Festival to receive the Bronze Horse award in person as well as participate in a Face2Face in conjunction with the screening of his film “Ashes of Time Redux” on November 28.

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The Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is today one of the leading competitive film festival in Northern Europe. The festival takes place every year in November with more than 170 films from more then 40 countries. The festival organizes exclusive screenings and the popular Summer Cinema - an outdoor mini-festival. In April the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior brings the latest films to youngsters between 6 and 16 years of age.