0633 GMT October 17, 2021
The Iranian film, ‘A Hero,’ directed by Asghar Farhadi, along with the Japanese Hamaguchi Ryusuke’s, ‘Drive My Car,’ was nominated for four awards at Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Debuted at Cannes, both films were nominated for best film, best director, best screenplay and best performance by an actor.
Films from Japan and Iran each collected seven nominations. After 14 years, a representative from Vietnam (cinematographer Nguyen Vinh Phuc nominated for his work in Le Bao’s ‘Taste,’ aka ‘Vi’) collected the country’s first APSA nomination, Variety wrote.
‘Careless Crime,’ directed by Shahram Mokri, was another Iranian film nominated for best screenplay, IRNA reported.
‘When Pomegranates Howl,’ directed by Granaz Moussavi, received nomination for the best youth film award.
Organizers said that nominations had gone to 38 films from 25 Asia Pacific countries and regions.
Given the impact of COVID-19 on the region, the eligibility of films in competition this year was extended back to the end of 2019.
The APSA winners will be decided by a yet-to-be-announced jury. The prizes will be presented on Nov. 11 at a ceremony at Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The prize ceremony will also see APSA prizes in three special categories: The Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO; the Young Cinema Award in partnership with NETPAC and GFS; and the FIAPF Award for Contribution to Asia Pacific Cinema. The recipients of the four MPA APSA Academy Film Fund grants will also be named.