Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery Of Splendour has won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia. The awards, which took place Thursday in Brisbane, featured a special tribute to Paris, home to partner organization UNESCO. Cemetery of Splendour, which world premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar, is a typically lyrical look at the bond which establishes between a hospital worker and a soldier with an unknown affliction.
Kim Dong-ho, co-founder of Korea’s Busan film festival, headed the jury, which also included Iranian actress Negar Javaherian, Chinese filmmaker and academic Zhang Xianmin and Russian writer/director Alexei Popogrebsky. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards recognize and promote cinematic excellence and cultural diversity in the region, which according to UNESCO, reps 4.5 billion people and half the world’s cinematic output. The Best Director prize went to Russia’s Alexey German Jr for Under Electric Clouds while Turkey’s Senem Tuezen won the screenplay award for Motherland.
Here is the full list of winners:
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Best Feature Film – Cemetery of Splendour, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Best Youth Feature Film – River, directed by Pema Tseden
Best Animated Feature Film – Miss Hokusai
Best Documentary Feature Film – The Chinese Mayor
Achievement In Directing – Alexey German Jr for Under Electric Clouds
Best Screenplay – Senem Tuezen for Motherland
Achievement In Cinematography – Mark Lee Ping-bing for The Assassin
Special Mention, Achievement in Cinematography – Lu Songye for Tharlo
Best Performance By An Actress – Kirin Kiki in An
Special Mention, Best Performance by an Actress – Fatemeh Motamed Arya in Avalanche
Best Performance By An Actor – Jung Jaeyoung in Right Now, Wrong Then
APSA UNESCO Award – Hany Abu-Assad for The Idol
FIAPF AWARD for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific region – Esaad Younis (Egypt)
APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize – Mirlan Abdykalykov for Heavenly Nomadic
Jury Grand Prize – Park Jungbum for writing/directing/acting in Alive
Jury Grand Prize – Emin Alper for writing and directing Frenzy
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