Chinese movie bags top honour at APSA

New Delhi, Dec 2 (IANS) Chinese film ‘Tangshan Dadizheng’ (Aftershock) won the best feature film award and Chen Daoming, who featured in it was declared the best actor at the fourth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) held in Gold Coast, Australia.

President for the international jury for APSA 2010, Academy-award winning producer Lord David Puttnam said: ‘The sheer variety of films and staggeringly good performances made our task very difficult indeed, in every category.

‘Ultimately ‘Aftershock’ won best film because, in my own view, it has everything. It is as good a ‘big’ movie as any I’ve seen from Hollywood in years, it is incredibly moving and it ends beautifully,’ he added.

‘Tangshan Dadizheng’ is the highest grossing domestic film of all time at the Chinese box office, said a press statement.

Best achievement for directing was given to Lee Chang-dong from Korea for his film ‘Shi’ (Poetry) and the best performance by an actress award went to the star of the film, Yun Jung-hee. The awards were announced Thursday.

The screen international jury grand prize went to Japanese actress Shinobu Terajima for ‘Caterpillar’ and the best screenplay award which went to Samuel Maoz for Levanon (Lebanon).

Samuel Moaz also won best screenplay award for ‘Levanon’ (Lebanon).

Iranian movie ‘Digari’ (The Other) was awarded best children’s feature film; best animated feature film award went to Chinese film ‘Piercing’; and Chinese-Canadian co-production ‘The Last Train Home’ won best documentary feature film trophy.

Achievement in cinematography was given to Sudhir Palsane for ‘Vihir’ (The Well) from India; Bal (Honey), from Turkey, directed and produced by Semih Kaplanoglu, received the UNESCO award for outstanding contribution to promote and preservae cultural diversity through film.

Christine Hakim, the legendary Indonesian actress turned producer, was received the FIAPF award for outstanding achievement in film.

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