Six Indian films have bagged eight major nominations in the 10th edition of Asia Pacific Screen awards this year. Bollywood thriller “Psycho Raman,” directed by Anurag Kashyap and starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been nominated in three categories including best actor, achievement in cinematography and achievement in directing. In the best performance by an actor category, Nawazuddin is upagainstManoj Bajpayeefor”Aligarh,” Dev Patelfor “Lion,” Farhad Aslanifor”Daughter” and Korean superstarSong Kang-ho, who is nominated for “The Throne”. In the category of best screenplay, two Indian films — Leena Yadav’s”Parched”and Supratik Senand Gurvinder Singh’s “The Fourth Direction”– are nominated.
The Asia Pacific Screen awards is said to bethe region’s highest accolade in filmwhich recognizes and promotes cinematic excellence and cultural diversity of the world’s fastest growing film regioncomprising 70 countries. Vying for best feature film are Mustafa Kara’s richly symbolic Northern Turkish tale”Cold of Kalandar,” Reza Mirkarimi’s “Daughter” ,Zeki Demirkubuz’ slow-burn psychological drama”Ember,”Kirill Serebrennikov’s “The Student” and passion project by Iranian master Majid Majidi,”Muhammad: the Messenger of God.”
APSA Film Director and member of the APSA International Nominations Council Maxine Williamson said “It has been a privilege and an honour to establish this Awards competition and see it grown in strength from year to year. How fitting that we have, in our 10thyear, the strongest competition to date.”
The winners will be announced on November 24th this yearin Brisbane. This year’snominees for the APSA Cultural Diversity Award, under the Patronage of UNESCO, areDmitrii Davydovfor”The Bonfire”,Hussein Hassanfor”The Dark Wind”,Mustafa Karafor”Cold of Kalandar”,Tamer El Saidfor”In the Last Days of the City” andWang Xuebofor”Knife in the Clear Water”.
This edition saw a record number of films in the competition with over 300films from 43 countries and areas of Asia Pacific.