Russia’s ‘Leviathan’ Leads APSA Nominations

Leviathan Cannes

HONG KONG — Russia’s “Leviathan” and Turkey’s Palme d’Or winning “Winter Sleep” head the nominations for the 8th edition of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The pair, which had their premiere in Cannes, are both among the five films in the running for best feature. Others are “I’m Not Angry” (Iran), “The Owners” (Kazakhstan), and “Memories on Stone” (Iraqi Kurdistan), meaning that films from East Asia, South Asia and Australasia are absent for the best picture race.

Best director nominations include Rolf de Heer for “Charlie’s Country” (Australia), Andrey Zvyagintsev for “Leviathan” (Russia), Im Kwon-taek for “Revivre” (South Korea), Rakhshan Banietemad for “Tales” (Iran), and Nuri Bilge Ceylan for “Winter Sleep” (Turkey, France, Germany).

“Leviathan,” which also saw cinematographer Mikhail Krichman nominated, received three nominations in total.

Winners in the feature film categories will be decided by a jury, headed by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (“The Past,” “A Separation”).

The awards ceremony will be held in Brisbane’s City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 11.

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