‘Barbarian’ takes Bangkok fest nod

Pic beat 12 pix in competish; Sheridan takes director honors

BANGKOK — Canadian helmer Denys Arcand’s “The Barbarian Invasions'” won the Golden Kinraree for film at the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival on Saturday.

The film, also nominated in the Oscar foreign language category on Feb. 29, beat 12 films in competition, including “Girl With a Pearl Earring” from the U.K., and “The Siam Renaissance” from Thailand.

Jim Sheridan nabbed director honors for “In America.”

Li Yixiang, Wang Shungbao and Wang Baoqiang shared the actor award for their performance in “Blind Shaft'” from China, directed by Li Yang.

The actress award was given to Italian Giovanna Mezzogiorno for her turn in “Facing Windows,” directed by Ferzan Ozpetek.

Helmer Oliver Stone, in Thailand filming “Alexander,” received a career achievement award.

Australian Christopher Doyle received the Crystal Lens Award for achievement in cinematography.

The Fipresci intl. critics’ award for the film from the Assn. of South East Asian Nations went to helmer Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s “Last Life in the Universe.” It beat films from 10 countries including Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Indonesia and Malaysia.

The awards are part of the 12-day film fest, which wrapped Monday, promoting Thailand as a hub of the film industry in the region.

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