Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners Circle
From 11 to 18 December, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents the Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners Circle, showcasing a selection of feature films from the winners and nominees of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Winning Chinese actor Waang Baoqiang the award for Best Performance at the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Hello! Mr Tree (Hello! Shu Xian Sheng) (2011) was produced by Jia Zhangke (Platform, The World, Still Life). A dark, comedic tale exploring the political side of China's rapid urbanisation, the film tells the story of the town layabout, Shu, who does nothing much but hang around in bars. When Shu's sight is impaired his fortunes amp up and so does the rich fantasy world in which he lives.
Receiving a High Commendation for Best Screenplay is Bleak Night (Pasuggun) (2010). Yoon Sung-Hyun's impressive debut was the graduating film he made while attending the Korean Film Academy. Selected for the prestigious Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the film is an intriguing psychological thriller set against the backdrop of the repressive Korean school system. While the story is not new territory for Korean cinema, Bleak Night is a stylistically assured drama that boasts incredible performances from some of the country's most vibrant young talents.
Nominated for Best Animated Feature Film, The Ugly Duckling (Gadkiy Utyonok) (2010) is directed by Russia's master animator Garri Bardin, who crafts a magical claymation world (replete with a rousing classical score) to bring Hans Christian Anderson's fable back to the big screen. When an unknown chick emerges into the coup it is met with suspicion and disgust until it is forced out into the world to search for its own identity. Six years in the making, The Ugly Duckling remains a classic tale about triumphing over adversity and is a must see for animation fans.
Winner of the Best Children's Feature Film is Buta (2011), a modern day fairytale set in the foothills of a remote village in Azerbaijan. The film traces the adventures of Buta, a young orphan who lives with his grandmother, and spends his days happily roaming the countryside. When local bullies force Buta to defend the honour of a friend, his reaction puts him on the journey towards adulthood.
ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson says, "The Asia Pacific Screen Awards offer a platform for real cinematic discovery. The program demonstrates the diversity of films represented at these Awards with a master animator from Russia programmed alongside an up-and-coming Korean film school graduate."
Asia Pacific Screen Awards Winners Circle screens 11-18 December at ACMI.
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