Friday, November 27, 2009

Agrarian Utopia wins Unesco Award at APSAs

Uruphong Raksasad's experimental documentary Agrarian Utopia (Sawan Baan Na) continues its award-winning run, picking up the Unesco Award at the third edition of the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards, which were given out on Thursday in Gold Coast, Australia.

The Unesco Award recognizes "outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film". Uruphong, racking up the flight miles, was in Queensland to accept the prize.

It's the first year Thailand has had nominees in the APSAs, which were first awarded in 2007.

Agrarian Utopia, shot in a gorgeous hi-def digital format, was a nominee for Achievement in Cinematography.

A second Thai documentary, the epic look at politics and violence in southern Thailand, Citizen Juling, was a nominee for Best Documentary.

The full list of winners is at the APSAs' website.

Uruphong recently picked up an award at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and Agrarian Utopia continues its festival run, hitting the ongoing Taipei Golden Horse and France's 3 Continents festivals, and now the International Film Festival Bratislava.

(Via Extra Virgin, Screen Daily)

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