The Son and Fall have been nominated for the Best Foreign Film Category at the 36th Golden Rooster Awards.

The Golden Rooster Awards are film awards given in mainland China. The awards were originally given annually, beginning in 1981. The name of the award came from the year of the Rooster in 1981. Award recipients receive a statuette in the shape of a golden rooster, and are selected by a jury of filmmakers, film experts, and film historians. The awards are the Chinese equivalent to the British BAFTAs and the American Academy Awards.

Originally, Golden Roosters were only available to mainland Chinese nominees, but in 2005, the awards opened up the acting categories to actors from Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and internationally to become more competitive on a world stage.

The Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Awards have taken place on alternate years since 2005, with the Golden Rooster taking place on odd years. In 1992, the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Awards were combined into a single national festival.

THE SON (2022)

Dir. Florian Zeller | UK/France/US

The Son is a 2022 drama film directed by Florian Zeller from a screenplay written by himself and Christopher Hampton. It is based on Zeller’s 2018 stage play of the same name. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby, Zen McGrath, and Hugh Quarshie. Anthony Hopkins has a minor appearance in this film playing the main character’s father (but a different father from Zeller’s previous film).

The Son had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on 7 September 2022, and was released for a one-week limited theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles on 25 November 2022, before a wide release in the United States on 20 January 2023 by Sony Pictures Classics. The film received mixed reviews from critics, though Jackman’s performance received praise. At the 80th Golden Globe Awards and 27th Satellite Awards, Jackman was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

FALL (2022)

Dir. Scott Mann, Jonathan Frank | US/UK

Fall is a 2022 survival thriller film directed and co-written by Scott Mann and Jonathan Frank. Starring Grace Caroline Currey, Virginia Gardner, Mason Gooding and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the film follows two women who climb a 2,000-foot-tall (610 m) television broadcasting tower, before becoming stranded at the top.

It was theatrically released in the United States on August 12, 2022 by Lionsgate Films. It was a box office success, grossing $21 million worldwide against a $3 million budget, and received generally positive reviews, with critics praising Mann’s direction, the atmosphere, cinematography, suspense, and Currey’s and Gardner’s performances, but criticizing its screenplay, special effects and pacing.

Good luck to both films, the Ceremony will take place between 1-4 November in Xiamen, China.