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APSA names all award contenders

The Queensland-based Asia Pacific Screen Academy has announced the 41 films from 21 countries and areas that will compete at this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 298 films were submitted, 26% directed by women, 51% directed by first or second time filmmakers.

Named in the first round of nominees, Annie Goldson’s Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web remains the sole NZ finalist.

Several filmmakers nominated in various categories this year are previous winners, including three of the five Best Feature Film nominees this year. Vivien Qu (Angels Wear White) won in 2014 with Black Coal, Thin Ice; Samuel Maoz (Foxtrot) won in 2010 with Lebanon; and Aussie Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country) won in 2009 with Samson and Delilah. A fourth Best Film nominee, Mohammad Rasoulof (A Man of Integrity, pictured, top) was nominated in 2011 with Goodbye.

It’s hard to determine the criteria under which the final Best Film nominee, qualifies for consideration. A Gentle Creature (Krotkaya) (which played this year’s NZIFF) lists its countries of origin as France, Germany, Lithuania, and the Netherlands, all European Union states. The selection is also unusual because the film hasn’t achieved nominations in any other category.

Australia, China and Japan lead the nominations with six nods each. Of individual titles, three have three nominations each: Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder and Ana Urushadze’s Scary Mother.

The APSA Cultural Diversity Award seems thoroughly unnecessary at an event that claims to canvas “4.5 billion people, 70 countries and areas, 1/3 of the earth, 1/2 of the world’s film”.

 

 

The 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be presented on 23 November. The nominees are:
 
BEST FEATURE FILM
Angels Wear White (Jia Nian Hua), People’s Republic of China, France
Foxtrot, Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland
A Gentle Creature (Krotkaya), France, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands
A Man of Integrity (Lerd), Islamic Republic of Iran
Sweet Country, Australia
 
BEST YOUTH FEATURE FILM
Big Big World (Koca Dünya), Turkey
Jasper Jones, Australia
The Seen and Unseen (Sekala Niskala), Indonesia, Netherlands, Australia, Qatar
The Skier (Ski-Baz), Islamic Republic of Iran
The Summer is Gone (Ba Yue), People’s Republic of China
 
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Have a Nice Day (Hao ji le), People’s Republic of China
Saving Sally, Philippines, France
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi), Japan
Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, Canada
your name. (kimi no na wa), Japan

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web, New Zealand
Last Men in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, Denmark, Germany
The Opposition, Australia, Papua New Guinea
Taste of Cement, Germany, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Qatar
A Yangtze Landscape (Changjiang), People’s Republic of China
 
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Ana URUSHADZE, Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda), Georgia, Estonia
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV, Loveless (Nelyubov), Russian Federation, Belgium, France, Germany
KORE-EDA Hirokazu, The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin), Japan
Mouly SURYA, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak), Indonesia, France, Malaysia, Thailand
Sanal KUMAR SASIDHARAN, Sexy Durga, India
 
BEST SCREENPLAY
Amit V MASURKAR, Mayank TEWARI, Newton, India
Boris KHLEBNIKOV, Natalia MESHCHANINOVA, Arrhythmia (Aritmiya), Russian Federation, Finland, Germany
Dastan ZHAPAR UULU, Bakyt MUKUL, A Father’s Will (Atanyn Kereezi), Kyrgyzstan
David TRANTER, Steven MCGREGOR, Sweet Country, Australia
KORE-EDA Hirokazu, The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin), Japan
 
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
LYU Songye, Ghost in the Mountains (Kong Shan Yi Ke), People’s Republic of China
Mindia ESADZE, Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda), Georgia, Estonia
Pyotr DUKHOVSKOY, Timofey LOBOV, The Bottomless Bag (Meshok Bez Dna), Russian Federation
Shehnad JALAL, Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee), India
Warwick THORNTON, Dylan RIVER, Sweet Country, Australia
 
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Cut MINI, Emma’ (Mother) (Athirah), Indonesia
Ecem UZUN, Clair Obscur (Tereddüt), Turkey, France, Germany, Poland
NA Moon-hee, I Can Speak, Republic of Korea
Nata MURVANIDZE, Scary Mother (Sashishi Deda), Georgia, Estonia
ZHOU Xun, Our Time Will Come (Ming Yue Ji Shi You), People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong (PRC)
 
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Navid MOHAMMADZADEH for No Date, No Signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza), Islamic Republic of Iran 
Paolo BALLESTEROS for Die Beautiful, Philippines 
KOJI Yakusho for The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin), Japan
Rajkummar RAO for Newton, India
Mohammad BAKRI, Saleh BAKRI for Wajib (Duty), Palestine, Colombia, France, Germany, Norway, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
 
CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF UNESCO
Centaur, Kyrgyzstan, France, Germany, Netherlands, Japan
Dede, Georgia, Croatia, Netherlands, Qatar, United Kingdom
Die Beautiful, Philippines
Honeygiver Among the Dogs (Munmo Tashi Khyidron), Bhutan
Lady of the Lake (Loktak Lairembee), India

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