Monday 24 October 2016

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Nominations

A media release came in today from the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards, now up to its tenth iteration and preparing to welcome back Lord David Putnam to chair the Jury for a second time. The big night is on  24 November and will be, as they say "a glamorous black tie event, (..) attended by a record number of 1000 guests, including the 2016 APSA nominees and jurors and 500 international guests."

APSA's announcement of the nominees for Best Film says: The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film which recognises and promotes cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film region: comprising 70 countries and areas, 4.5 billion people, one third of the earth and responsible for half of the world’s film output today announced the nominees in the 10th APSA narrative feature film achievements.

From a production pool that stretches from Egypt in the West to the Cook Islands in the East, and from Russia in the North to New Zealand in the South, in 2016, 39 films from 19 Asia Pacific countries and areas are nominated.

Vying for Best Feature Film are Mustafa Kara’s richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale Cold of Kalandar (Turkey, Hungary), Reza Mirkarimi’s portrait of the shifting balance of power within families Daughter (Islamic Republic of Iran), Zeki Demirkubuz’ slow-burn psychological drama Ember (Turkey, Germany), Kirill Serebrennikov’s portrait of a student empowered by religious fanaticism The Student (Russian Federation) and spiritual epic and passion project by Iranian master Majid Majidi, Muhammad: the Messenger of God."

Full details are at the APSA website.

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