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A Separation, Anatolia claim top APSAs

A Separation, Anatolia claim top APSAs

By Patrick Frater

Thu, 24 November 2011, 19:30 PM (HKT)

Awards News

Middle Eastern and Central Asian cinema claimed the lion's share of prizes at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Iranian feature A Separation was named as the best film.

Once Upon A Time in Anatolia, written and directed by Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan, claimed three prizes; for achievement in directing; Gökhan Tiryaki for cinematography; and producer Zeynep Özbatur Atakan who was awarded the Jury Grand Prize.

"They are very different kinds of films, but both of them are the same in their
excellence in every aspect of their filmmaking: from screenplay, to directing, to
performances, to their technical craftsmanship such as cinematography and editing, everything," said Nansun Shi head of the APSA jury.

Other jurors included co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Cameron Bailey; chairman of the Australian Film Institute Alan Finney; Chinese producer Ming Zhenjiang; Japanese actress and director Kaori Momoi; and Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz.

The winners and nominees are automatically inducted into the APSA Academy and become eligible for funding under the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a bursary scheme that is only open to Academy members.

APSA announced funding of $25,000 for each of four film projects:
• Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq/Kurdistan, nominated for a directing prize in 2007 with Crossing The Dust) for new project Memories on Stone.
• Peyman Moadi, (Iran, nominated for an acting prize in 2011's_ A Separation) for his project _Those Days.
• Maryam Ebrahimi (Iran-Sweden, winner of the 2011 best documentary award with I Was Worth 50 Sheep) with documentary project Burqas Behind Bars.
• Pryas Gupta (India, jury prize winner in 2008 with The Prisoner) for project The Cricket Tree.
The APSA Children's Film Fund also awarded A$20,000 each to
• Garin Nugroho (Indonesia, nominated for best film in 2007 with Opera Jawa) for The Seen and The Unseen.
• Songtaijia (China/Tibet, nominated in 2011 for best cinematography with Old Dog) for The Stone with Nine Eyes.

The awards were presented and the bursaries announced this evening at a ceremony on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Other notable awards went to South Korea's Leafie, as best animated film, and to China's Zhang Yimou, for achievement in film.

Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2011 winners
Best film
A Separation (Jodaeiye Nader az Simin) Dir: Asghar Farhadi (Iran)
Achievement in Directing
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Achievement in cinematography
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Jury grand prize
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da) Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

High commendation
Actresses Nahed El Sebai, Bushra and Nelly Karim for Cairo 678 Dir: Mohamed Diab (Egypt)

UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film
Ivan Sen director of Toomelah (Australia)

Best performance by an actress
Nadezhda Markina (Russia) in Elena.

High commendation
Andrei Zviagintsev, director of Elena (Russia)

Best performance by an actor
Wang Baoqiang (China) in Mr Tree

Best screenplay
Denis Osokin for Silent Souls (Ovsyanki) (Russia)

High commendation for screenplay
Yoon Sung-hyun for Bleak Night (South Korea)

Best documentary
Producer Maryam Ebrahimi for I Was Worth 50 Sheep (Jag Var Värd 50
Lamm) Dir: Nima Sarvestani. (Sweden, Japan, US).

High commendation for documentary
Pink Saris (UK, India) Dir: Kim Longinotto.

Best children's feature film
Buta Dir: Ilgar Najaf (Azerbaijan)

High commendation for best children's feature
Wind And Fog (Bad o Meh) Dir: Mohammad Ali Talebi (Iran)

Best animated feature film
Leafie Dir: Oh Seongyun (South Korea)

FIAPF award for outstanding achievement in film
Zhang Yimou (China)

APSA NETPAC jury prize
Ways Of The Sea (Halaw) Dir: Sheron Dayoc (The Philippines).

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