Asia-Pacific fest falls for ‘Unwanted Woman’

South Korean pics lauded

TAIPEI – Iranian helmer Tahmineh Milani’s “The Unwanted Woman” found plenty of love at the 51st Asia Pacific Film Festival, winning picture, director and screenplay honors Friday evening.

In the true spirit of the four-day event, which aims to strengthen ties in the Asia-Pacific filmmaking community, seven-member jury headed by Taiwan helmer Hsing Lee spread the love in the other categories.

South Korean flicks did especially well on the night. Monster pic “The Host” nabbed support actor, editing and sound. “Bravo, My Life!” took actor, “April Snow” actress.

Lifetime achievement awards went to Hong Kong’s Shaw Bros. founder Run Run Shaw, approaching his 100th birthday, and to Japanese producer Shigeru Okada.

Fest is organized by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific, which this year included industryites from 23 countries and regions.

Fest also hosted a number of seminars for filmmakers, many headed by helmers with Tinseltown experience.

Next year’s fest takes place in Jakarta.

In the order that they were announced, the winners, with their country or region of origin, are:

EDITING: Kim Sun-min (“The Host”), South Korea

GRAND JURY AWARD: “Living in Fear,” Vietnam

DOCUMENTARY: “Lasting With Time,” Vietnam

ANIMATED: “A Fish With a Smile,” Taiwan

MUSIC: Peter Kam, Leon Ko (“Perhaps Love”), Hong Kong

SOUND: Choi Tae-yeong (“The Host”), South Korea

SHORT FILM: “Atomic Punch, My Darling,” South Korea

ART DIRECTION: Yee Chung-man, Pater Wong (“Perhaps Love”), Hong Kong

SPECIAL JURY AWARD: “Gie,” Indonesia

SPECIAL JURY AWARD: “Bilut,” Malaysia

SPECIAL JURY AWARD: “Story of Pao,” Vietnam

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Byeon Heui-bong (“The Host”), South Korea

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lu Yi-jing (“Blue Cha Cha”), Taiwan

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Zhang Li (“The Banquet”), Hong Kong

SCREENPLAY: Tahmineh Milani (“The Unwanted Woman”), Iran

ACTOR: Lee Jae-eung (“Bravo, My Life!”), South Korea

ACTRESS: Son Ye-jin (“April Snow”), South Korea

DIRECTOR: Tahmineh Milani (“The Unwanted Woman”), Iran

PICTURE: “The Unwanted Woman,” Iran