Festival an education for Teresa Cheung

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 March, 2005, 12:00am

Teresa Cheung Siu-wai's first time at the Berlin Film Festival as an actress was like being back on a university campus.

'It all took place in this compact area and everyone involved would be rushing from one screening to another to watch movies during the day,' she told CitySeen on Tuesday, the day after returning to Hong Kong.

'At night there were parties, but they didn't start until midnight. I don't know how everyone had the energy to do everything.'

Cheung attended the festival with the cast of Yong Fan's Colour Blossoms, her first movie. The 41-year-old Cheung also nabbed a nomination for Best New Performer in this year's Hong Kong Film Awards for her role.

'I'm sort of labelled as the 'fresh meat' of the industry,' she joked. 'I get some scripts sent to me now but I don't even know how to go about choosing what my next role is going to be.'

Cheung said she would base the choice of her next role on the people she would be working with, rather than the role itself. So which Hong Kong directors are on the top of her list?

'Stanley Kwan [Kam-pang],' she begins rattling off, '[Mabel] Cheung Yuen-Ting, who did An Autumn's Tale, and of course our executive producer [for Colour Blossoms] Fruit Chan, and so many others, too.'