Thursday, January 22, 2009

Jeeja among nominees for 3rd Asian Film Awards

Continuing with the Jeeja-related news, in a new category for the Asian Film Awards, the Chocolate star is nominated for "best newcomer".

She's the only Thai among the nominees announced yesterday for the third edition of the Hong Kong-based kudosfest, which is part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The top nominee is the South Korean western The Good, the Bad, the Weird by Kim Jee-woon, which is up for seven awards: best film, best director, best actor (Song Kang-ho), best supporting actor (two nominees -- Jung Woo-sung and Lee Byung-hun), best cinematographer, best composer and best visual effects.

Other best film nominees are Chen Kaige's Forever Enthralled, Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff, John Woo's Red Cliff, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Tokyo Sonata and The Rainbow Troops by Indonesia's Riri Riza.

The Rainbow Troops (Laskar pelangi) also got a nod for best editing by Waluyo Ichwandiardono. Set on the Sumatran island of Belitong, the film chronicles the ups and downs of a close-knit group of schoolchildren in a small town. Released in October in Indonesia, the movie was a huge hit, according to the Jakarta Post (cache). It's among the early titles mentioned for the Panorama program at the Berlin Film Festival.

Best director nominees at the 3rd Asian Film Awards include Brillante Mendoza for Serbis, a gritty and sometimes erotic drama about a dysfunctional family that runs an X-rated cinema in Angeles City. Up for best supporting actress from Serbis are veteran actress Gina Pareno as the embattled grandmother and Jaclyn Jose as the strong-willed mother.

Best newcomer is a new category for the awards. In addition to Jeeja, other nominees are Shota Matsuda for Boys Over Flowers: The Movie, Sandrine Pinna for Miao Miao, So Ji-sub for Rough Cut, Xu Jiao for CJ7 and Yu Shaoqun for Forever Enthralled. The supporting actor and actress categories were added last year.

The Associated Press has the complete list of nominees, and Variety has a story as well. The awards ceremony is on March 23 in Hong Kong.

Update: Screen Daily has a story too (via Jason Gray).

(Via International Herald Tribune)

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