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Two Kazakhstan films nominated for Asian Oscar 14 ноября 2013, 13:15

Kazakhstan films Shal (The Old Man) by Yermek Tursunov and Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin have been put on the nominees list of the 7th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
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The nominees of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) have been announced. Kazakhstan films Shal (The Old Man) by Yermek Tursunov and Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin are on the list of the 7th annual screen awards, Tengrinews reports citing the press-service of Kazakhfilm studios. Harmony Lessons is nominated in the Achievements in Directing category and Shal is presented in two categories Best Performance of an Actor and Achievements in Cinematography at the Asian Oscar event. 39 films from 21 Asia Pacific are candidates for the prestigious award in 2013. Besides Emir Baigazin, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda with his Soshite chichi ni naru (Like Father, Like Son), film director Hiner Saleem from Iraq with My Sweet Pepperland, Anthony Chen of Singapore with Ilo Ilo and Iranian Shahram Mokri with Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish and Cat) are nominated for the Achievements in Directing. The camera director of Shal Murat Aliyev is competing with Palestinian Ehab Assal Omar, Lu Yue of China Yi Jiu Si Er (Back to 1942), Australian Mandy Walker Tracks and Indian Rajeev Ravi Monsoon Shootout for the Achievement in Cinematography award. Australian Aaron Pedersen in Mystery Road, Palestinia actor Adam Bakri in Omar, Korean Lee Byung-hun in Masquerade and Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai in Nippon no higeki (Japan’s Tragedy) are candidates for the best actor title along with Kazakhstan's Yerbolat Toguzakov in Shal in the Best Performance of an Actor category. The winners of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be selected by the international jury that consists of Indian director Shyam Benegal, Korean director Kim Tae-Yong, Swiss film director Christoph Schaub, producer Albert Lee of Hong Kong and actress Malini Foneska from Sri-Lanka. The APSA ceremony will take place on December 12, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative of the State Government of Queensland, Australia, through Events Queensland, to honor and promote the films, actors, directors, and cultures of Asia-Pacific to the global audience and to realize the objectives of UNESCO to promote and preserve the respective cultures through the influential medium of film. Staged for the first time in 2007, APSA collaborates with UNESCO and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. The Asia Pacific Screen Academy encourages dialogue, collaboration and business opportunities for the region’s filmmakers. It also provides a platform to foster opportunities for co-productions and the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the 70 countries and areas that form the APSA network. All APSA Nominees, Winners, Jury and Nominations Council members are inducted into the Academy – the most respected names in film from the region and some from outside it, including Jury members and Producers from Europe, the UK and the US. The Patron of the Academy is Australian screen legend Jack Thompson. Comprising almost 500 members and growing by approximately 100 people per year as new nominees are inducted, the APSA Academy is already starting to stimulate cross-border collaboration with several projects between Academy members currently in discussion and development.

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