Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite won the best feature film prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) which were held in Brisbane, Australian on November 21.
It is the first time a South Korean film has won the best film award since Lee Chang-dong’s Sunshine at the inaugural ceremony in 2007.
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Kantemir Balagov’s Beanpole was the only film to pick up two awards. Ksenia Sereda became the first woman to win best cinematography, while Balagov and Terekhov received best screenplay.
The ceremony saw multiple awards for titles competing for the international feature film Oscar. Parasite is South Korea’s submission, while Beanpole represents Russia. Japan’s entry Weathering With You won best animated feature; Australia’s Buoyancy received best youth feature film; while Palestine’s It Must Be Heaven took the jury grand prize.
Katriel Schory, who stepped down as head of the Israel Film Fund earlier this year after 20 years in the role, received the award for outstanding achievement in film.
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2019 winners
Best feature film – Parasite (S Kor) dir. Bong Joon Ho
Jury grand prize - It Must Be Heaven (Pal-Qat-Tur-Can-Fr-Ger) dir. Elia Suleiman
Best youth feature film – Buoyancy (Aus) dir. Rodd Rathjen
Best animated feature film – Weathering With You (Jap) dir. Makoto Shinkai
Best documentary feature film – Advocate (Isr-Can-Switz) dir. Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaïche
Achievement in directing – Adilkhan Yerzhanov for A Dark, Dark Man (Kaz-Fr)
Best screenplay – Kantemir Balagov, Alexander Terekhov for Beanpole (Rus)
Achievement in cinematography – Ksenia Sereda for Beanpole (Rus)
Best actress – Max Eigenmann for Verdict (Phil-Fr)
Best actor – Manoj Bajpayee for Bhonsle (Ind)
Cultural diversity award – Rona, Azim’s Mother (Iran-Afg) dir. Jamshid Mahmoudi
Outstanding achievement in film – Katriel Schory
Young cinema award – Ridham Janve for The Gold-Laden Sheep And The Sacred Mountain (Ind)
Motion Picture Association APSA Film Fund recipients
Delphine Garde-Mroueh, Nadia Eliewat for The Station (UAE-Fr)
Rachel Leah Jones for Reality Bites (Isr-US)
Catherine Fitzgerald for Sweet Lips (NZ)
Dechen Roder for I, The Song (Bhu)