‘Separation,’ ‘Anatolia’ lead Asia Pacific noms

Best film shortlist includes 'Goodbye,' 'Bullets Fly,' 'Wedding Planners'

BUSAN, South Korea — Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” and Turkish pic “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan have received four nominations each in this year’s Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The nominations was unveiled in Busan on Monday night, and both were on the shortlist for best film, which also included Mohammad Rasoulof’s “Goodbye,” Jiang Wen’s “Let the Bullets Fly” and the Indian movie “Wedding Planners.”

More than 240 films from 43 countries are competing in the event, including, for the first time, films from Samoa and Cyprus, with 37 awards across the 13 awards categories.

“A Separation,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale this year, was also nominated in the writer and helmer categories for Farhadi, and for thesp Peyman Moadi.

“Anatolia” featured in the best director category for Ceylan, cinematography for Gokhan Tiryaki and screenplay (Ceylan, Ercan Kesal and Ebru Ceylan).

Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi has been named as prexy of the jury, and the prize will be announced at a ceremony on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, on Nov. 24.

Also on the jury will be Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto Film Festival, Japanese helmer and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and head of the China Film Producers Association, Ming Zhenjiang.

There is a noticeable Middle Eastern and North African presence in the shortlist, and Iranian films feature strongly. Shayesteh Irani has been nominated in the actress category for “Facing Mirrors,” with Leyla Zareh nominated for “Goodbye.” Judy Davis is also in the running in this category for Australian pic “The Eye of the Storm.”

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