Art and Experience: Three films premiering this week at the Busan Film Festival are among the five titles shortlisted by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the UNESCO-sponsored APSA Cultural Diversity Award.
The three are: “Knife in the Clear Water” (aka “Qingshui Li De Daozi”) in the New Currents section; “The Bonfire” (aka “Kostior na Vetru”) in the Flash Forward program; and “The Dark Wind” (aka “Reseba”,) which is set as the festival’s closing night gala presentation.
They are joined by Egyptian documentary filmmaker Tamer El Said’s debut narrative feature “In The Last Days Of The City” (aka “Akher Ayam El Madina”) and Turkish director Mustafa Kara’s second feature film and Turkey’s official submission for the 89th Academy Awards “Cold of Kalandar” (aka “Kalandar Sogugu”) in the running for the prize. All five are the works of first, second or third feature filmmakers.
“This important and prestigious award is presented annually for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through the medium of film. We are proud to work in collaboration with UNESCO and look forward to screening the winning film at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters next year,” said Michael Hawkins, chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and its academy.
The APSA awards will be presented at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia on November 24.