Monday, October 12, 2009
Agrarian Utopia, Citizen Juling nominated for APSAs
Two Thai documentaries, the rice-farming feature Agrarian Utopia and the exhaustive look at politics and violence in southern Thailand Citizen Juling are nominated for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Uruphong Raksasad's hi-def-video eyepopper Agrarian Utopia (Sawan Baan Na) is nominated for Achievement in Cinematography while Citizen Juling (Polamung Juling) by Ing K, Manit Sriwanichpoom and Kraisak Choonhavan is nominated for Best Documentary Feature.
It's the first year Thai films have been selected for the APSAs.
This is the third year for the Australia-based APSAs. This year's nominees were determined from a record number of 212 entries from 43 countries and areas. This year's awards have nine categories with 37 films from 16 countries.
Another first for the APSAs this year is a Cambodian film -- the French-produced documentary on the Khmer Rouge, L'important, C'est De Rester Vivant (The Main Thing Is To Stay Alive).
An Indonesian film, 3 Doa 3 Cinta (Pesantren: 3 Wishes 3 Loves) by Nan Achnas, Nurman Hakim and Adiyanto Sumarjono is nominated for Best Children's Feature. It's a drama about three boys living in a pesantren (Islamic religious school).
Japan leads the nominations with seven, followed by China with six. India, Iran, Russia and South Korea have five each.
The APSAs will be handed out on November 26 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.