The 50th Asia-Pacific Film Festival was held in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend.
Three Thai films were on offer -- the heartwarming childhood friendship story involving a Downs syndrome boy, Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect; the occult thriller, Necromancer; and the slick ghost story, Shutter.
From what I gather, the festival is mainly an industry gathering where some films are nominated for awards.
Necromancer won for best special effects. Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect won a special jury award for highlighting the plight of special children.
The winners list is compiled from the Malay Mail:
- BEST FILM - Tae Guk Gi (Brotherhood of War), South Korea
- BEST DIRECTOR - Kang Je-Gyu, Tae Guk Gi, South Korea
- BEST ACTOR - Joo Hyun, A Family, South Korea
- BEST ACTRESS - Tiara Jacquelina, Puteri Gunung Ledang (The Princess of Mount Ledang), Malaysia
- BEST SCREENPLAY - Lim Chen Sheng, The Moon Also Rises, Taiwan
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - Yves Cape, Buffalo Boy, Vietnam
- BEST EDITING - Yoga K Koesprato, Janji Joni, Indonesia
- BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS - Necromancer, Thailand
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Anthony Wong, Initial D, Hong Kong
- BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Rima Melati, Ungu Violet, Indonesia
- BEST ART DIRECTION - Tsuyoshi Shimizu, Samurai Commando Mission 1549, Japan
- BEST MUSIC SCORE - Ayob Ibrahim, Qaisy dan Laila, Malaysia
- BEST SHORT/DOCUMENTARY - Pua, Malaysia
- BEST ANIMATION - Fireball, Taiwan
- Most Promising Young Talent - Actress Dian Sastrowardoyo, Ungu Violet and Banyu Biru, Indonesia
- Contribution to the International Success of Asian Films - Jackie Chan (not present for award), New Police Story, Hong Kong
- Awareness of the Impact of War on Humanity - The Path of Justice, Vietnam
- Consistently Excellent Performances - Yang Kuei Mei, The Wayward Cloud, Taiwan
- Highlighting the Plight of Special Children - Beautiful, Wonderful, Perfect, Thailand
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)