Magazine article Screen International

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Give Best Film Honour to A Separation

Magazine article Screen International

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Give Best Film Honour to A Separation

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia wins three prizes including Screen International Jury Grand Prize.

The jury of the fifth Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded the best film honour to A Separation, while Once Upon A Time In Anatolia has won three awards, including the Screen International Jury Grand Prize.

This evening on Queensland's Gold Coast, jury president, Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, was the first to congratulate A Separation's Iranian writer/director/producer Asghar Farhadi as she handed him one of the elegant vases that are the physical representation of the APSAs.

Farhadi and his emotive family drama have won prizes across the globe, including the Sydney Film Prize, a Golden Bear for best film at the Berlin International Film Festival, the award for best film at Durban and the TVE Otra Mirada Award at San Sebastian.

Turkish producer Zeynep Özbatur Atakan accepted the Screen International Jury Grand Prize for the atmospheric police drama Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, and also the directing award on behalf of Nuri Bilge Ceylan, but cinematographer Gökhan Tiryaki received his honour directly.

"The films in the competition are all very, very wonderful films, but (these) two films stood out to the jury as outstanding in all aspects of their filmmaking ...," said Shi. "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."

Nahed El Sebai, Bushra and Nelly Karim, the three actresses in Cairo 678, a brave exploration of sexism in Egypt, were also highly commended under the banner of the Screen International Jury Grand Prize.

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Award, which directly acknowledges the distinctiveness of the APSA Awards' focus on cultural diversity, went to Australian writer/director Ivan Sen for his film Toomelah, which coincidentally released in Australian cinemas today. …

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