Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has won one of the two jury grand prizes at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Award for her acclaimed social drama "Tales".
Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
Another jury grand prize was presented to producers Nai An, Li Ling, Kristina Larsen and Wang Yong for their collaboration in the Chinese film "Blind Massage" during the award ceremony, which was held at Brisbane's City Hall on Thursday evening.
Russian film "Leviathan" produced by Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, and Marianna Sardarova was crowned best film and Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the best director award for his "Winter Sleep", which previously won a Palme d'Or at Cannes.
Best actor award went to New Zealand's Cliff Curtis for his role in the film "The Dark Horse", and Australian actor David Gulpilil received a special mention for his role in "Charlie's Country".
Lu Zhong from China won a best actress award for her role in "Red Amnesia", and Iranian actress Merila Zarei received a special mention for her performance in "Track 143".
Iranian actress Merila Zarei
Best screenplay award was given to Iranian director/writer Nima Javidi for his film "Melbourne", and Dong Jinsong from China won best cinematographer award for "Black Coal".
Iranian writer/producer/director Reza Dormishian received the APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize for his second feature film "I'm Not Angry!". The award, which is a $10,000 cash-prize, is awarded to a first or second-time feature filmmaker by the Griffith Film School and Griffith University.
Renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi was president of the APSA jury this year.
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