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FOUR AUSTRALIAN FILMS NOMINATED AT ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS

FOUR AUSTRALIAN FILMS NOMINATED AT ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS

| On 17, Oct 2018

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today unveiled the full list of nominations for the upcoming annual award ceremony on 29 November in Brisbane.

The region’s highest accolade in film, APSA honours the cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of our vast region. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk led the announcement revealing that Australian films had received a staggering five nominations.

“Ladies in Black, Gurrumul, Mary Magdalene and Breath have all received nominations for the region’s highest film honour,” Cr Quirk said.

“I’m thrilled to see Australia produce powerful and highly-acclaimed works that will compete alongside the best from the Asia Pacific.“

Brisbane is a proud home to the awards and it is a great privilege to honour the filmmakers of a region comprised of 70 countries and areas and responsible for half the world’s film output.”

Academy Award® – nominated Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford is nominated for Achievement in Directing for his comedy drama Ladies in Black, which grossed $9.25 million dollars at the Australian Box Office.

In his category he contends with winners of the year’s biggest festival awards.

Joining Beresford are 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner Kore-eda Hirozaku for Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku, Japan), Nadine Labaki for her Cannes Jury Prize winning Capharnaüm (Lebanon), Venice Film Festival Horizons Best Director winner Emir Baigazin for The River (Ozen, Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland) and Ivan Ayr for Soni (India), which also premiered in the Horizons competition at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.

Beresford said of the nomination, ‘‘I am delighted and flattered to be nominated in such a prestigious event”.
“Having been the APSA International Jury President in 2008, I am well aware of the calibre of the films and recognise the honour of being nominated amongst them.”

Beresford and Ladies in Black producer Sue Milliken were recently named Festival Patrons of the Brisbane International Film Festival, presented by Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art.

 

Gurrumul, the seventh highest grossing Australian documentary of all time, sees director Directed by Paul Damien Williams and producer Shannon Swan nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film.

The story of the Australian music icon is up against competition from all corners of the region: Amal (Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark), Of Fathers and Sons (Syrian
Arab Republic, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany), Of Love & Law (Japan, United Kingdom, France) and Up Down & Sideways (kho ki pa lü, India).

Nominated for her role in Australia’s Mary Magdalene, American actress Rooney Mara is up for Best Performance by an Actress.

Also nominated are Zhao Tao for her performance in the Cannes competition title Ash is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv, People’s Republic of China, France), Damla Sönmez for Sibel (Turkey, France, Germany, Luxembourg) and two actresses from Kazakhstan, Cannes Best Actress winner Samal Yeslyamova for Ayka (Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, People’s Republic of China, Germany, Poland), and Laura Koroleva for Sveta (Kazakhstan).

Composers of two Australian films Breath and Mary Magdalene are up for the inaugural award for Best Original Score.

Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominated Harry Gregson-Williams (Breath, Australia) and both Hildur Guðnadóttir and Jóhann Jóhannsson (Mary Magdalene Australia, United Kingdom) will compete against Ryan Cayabyab for The Portrait (Ang Larawan, Philippines), Omar Fadel for Yomeddine (Egypt) and Eléni Karaïndrou for Bomb, A Love Story (Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh, Islamic Republic of Iran).

Japan’s Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) is the only film to receive three nominations and will compete for the coveted Best Feature Film Award with four other twice-nominated features, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning (Republic of Korea), The Gentle Indifference of the World (Laskovoe Bezrazlichie Mira, Kazakhstan, France), Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (Philippines), and Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu, Thailand, People’s Republic of China, France), the directorial debut of Phuttiphong Aroonpheng.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Chair Michael Hawkins said the Asia Pacific film industry was thriving.

“In its twelfth year, the Asia Pacific Screen Awards continues to grow both in size, with the addition of a new Best Original Score award, and in reach, with the first ever nomination from Uzbekistan,” Mr Hawkins said.

“The awards will coincide with the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers and host a suite of industry events which will leverage the incredible talent we have travelling to Brisbane.
“We’re also thrilled to be connecting Asia Pacific cinema with new audiences.

This weekend, APSA will present special screenings of nominated films Shoplifters at Brisbane International Film Festival and Burning and Memories of My Body at the Adelaide Film Festival.”
The 12th Asia Pacific Screen Awards will take place on Thursday 29 November in Brisbane, Australia.

Tickets for the red carpet event are available at asiapacificscreenawards.com

COMPLETE LIST OF 12th ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARD NOMINATIONS

BEST FEATURE FILM

Balangiga: Howling Wilderness Philippines Directed by Khavn DE LA CRUZ Produced by Achinette VILLAMOR, Khavn DE LA CRUZ, Edong CANLAS
Burning Republic of Korea Directed by LEE Chang-dong Produced by LEE Joon-dong, LEE Chang-dong
The Gentle Indifference of the World (Laskovoe Bezrazlichie Mira) Kazakhstan, France Directed by Adilkhan YERZHANOV Produced by Serik ABISHEV, Olga KHLASHEVA
Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu) Thailand, People’s Republic of China, France Directed by Phuttiphong AROONPHENG Produced by Mai MEKSAWAN, Philippe AVRIL, Jakrawal NILTHAMRONG, Chatchai CHAIYON
Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) Japan Directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu Produced by MATSUZAKI Kaoru, YOSE Akihiko, TAGUCHI Hijiri

BEST YOUTH FEATURE FILM

Ava Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar, Canada Directed by by Sadaf FOROUGHI Produced by Kiarash ANVARI, Sadaf FOROUGHI
Nervous Translation Philippines Directed by Shireen SENO Produced by John TORRES
Passage of Life (Boku no kaeru basho) Japan, Myanmar Directed by Akio FUJIMOTO Produced by Kazutaka WATANABE, Fumito YOSHIDA
The Pigeon (Güvercin) Turkey Directed by Banu SIVACI Produced by Banu SIVACI, Mesut ULUTAŞ
Village Rockstars India Directed by Rima DAS
Produced by Rima DAS

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Hoffmaniada Russian Federation Directed by Stanislav SOKOLOV Produced by Yuliana SLASHCHEVA, Boris MASHKOVTSEV, Nikolai MAKOVSKY, Sergei STRUSOVSKY
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Sayonara no asa ni yakusoku no hana o kazarô) Japan Directed by Mari OKADA Produced by Naoko ENDO, Tomomi KYOTANI, Nobuhiro TAKENAKA, Nobuhiro KIKUCHI
Mirai (Mirai no Mirai) Japan Directed by Mamoru HOSODA Produced by Yuichiro SAITO, Takuya ITO, Yuichi Adachi, Genki KAWAMURA
On Happiness Road (Hsing Fu Lu Shang) Taiwan (PRC) Directed by SUNG Hsin-Yin Produced by Sylvia FENG
Rezo (Znaesh’, mama, gde ya byl) Russian Federation Directed by Leo GABRIADZE Produced by Timur BEKMAMBETOV

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Amal Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark Directed by Mohamed SIAM Produced by Myriam SASSINE, Mohamed SIAM
Gurrumul Australia Directed by Paul Damien WILLIAMS Produced by Shannon SWAN
Of Fathers and Sons Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany Directed by Talal DERKI Produced by Ansgar FRERICH, Eva KEMME, Tobias N. SIEBERT, Hans Robert EISENHAUER
Of Love & Law Japan, United Kingdom, France Directed by Hikaru TODA Produced by Elhum SHAKERIFAR, Hikaru TODA
Up Down & Sideways (kho ki pa lü) India Directed by Anushka MEENAKSHI, Iswar SRIKUMAR Produced by Manas MALHOTRA

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

Nadine LABAKI for Capharnaüm Lebanon
Bruce BERESFORD for Ladies in Black Australia
Emir BAIGAZIN for The River (Ozen) Kazakhstan, Norway, Poland
KORE-EDA Hirokazu for Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) Japan
Ivan AYR for Soni India

BEST SCREENPLAY

Payman MAADI for Bomb, A Love Story (Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh) Islamic Republic of Iran
OH Jung-mi, LEE Chang-dong for Burning Republic of Korea
Adilkhan YERZHANOV, Roelof Jan MINNEBOO for The Gentle Indifference of the World (Laskovoe Bezrazlichie Mira) Kazakhstan, France
KORE-EDA Hirokazu for Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) Japan
Dan KLEINMAN, Sameh ZOABI for Tel Aviv on Fire Israel, Belgium, France, Luxembourg

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Saumyananda SAHI for Balekempa India
Hideho URATA for A Land Imagined Singapore, France, Netherlands
Nawarophaat RUNGPHIBOONSOPHIT for Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu) Thailand, People’s Republic of China, France
Chaiyapruek CHALERMPORNPANIT for Malila: The Farewell Flower Thailand
ZHANG Miaoyan, XU Zhiyong for Silent Mist People’s Republic of China, France

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

ZHAO Tao for Ash is Purest White (Jiang hu er nv) People’s Republic of China, France
Samal YESLYAMOVA for Ayka
Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, People’s Republic of China, Germany, Poland
Rooney MARA for Mary Magdalene Australia, United Kingdom
Damla SÖNMEZ for Sibel Turkey, France, Germany, Luxembourg
Laura KOROLEVA for Sveta Kazakhstan

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Zain AL RAFEEA for Capharnaüm Lebanon
Karim MIRKHADIYEV for Fortitude (Sabot) Uzbekistan
Nawazuddin SIDDIQUI for Manto India
Akylbek ABDYKALYKOV for Night Accident (Tunku Kyrsyk) Kyrgyzstan
Bahman FARMANARA for Tale of the Sea (Hekayat-e Darya) Islamic Republic of Iran
CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARD UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF UNESCO Ala Changso People’s Republic of China Directed by Sonthar GYAL Produced by Yungdrung GYAL
Balangiga: Howling Wilderness Philippines Directed by Khavn DE LA CRUZ Produced by Achinette VILLAMOR, Khavn DE LA CRUZ, Edong CANLAS
The Lord Eagle (Toyon Kyyl) Russian Federation Directed by Eduard NOVIKOV Produced by Dmitrii SHADRIN
Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku) Indonesia Directed by Garin NUGROHO Produced by Ifa ISFANSYAH
The Taste of Rice Flower (Mi Hua Zhi Wei) People’s Republic of China Directed by Pengfei Produced by Pengfei, LIU Jing, Rebecca HO

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Eléni KARAÏNDROU for Bomb, A Love Story (Bomb, Yek Asheghaneh) Islamic Republic of Iran
Harry GREGSON-WILLIAMS for Breath Australia
Hildur GUÐNADÓTTIR, Jóhann JÓHANNSSON for Mary Magdalene Australia, United Kingdom
Ryan CAYABYAB for The Portrait (Ang Larawan) Philippines
Omar FADEL for Yomeddine Egypt

FIAPF AWARD – to be announced

YOUNG CINEMA AWARD – to be announced