Saturday, December 14, 2013

Coming to a Screen Near You?

I wouldn't hold my breath:

"The Palestinian film Omar has been named the best feature film from the region at the 7th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The awards, held in Brisbane last night, assessed films from 70 countries with 39 films from 23 countries receiving award nominations. Omar, the first film to be funded by the Palestinian film industry, is its country's submission to the 2014 Academy Awards for the best foreign language film category. Omar is a political thriller and love story. It won a special jury prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes film festival earlier this year. The three Australian nominees - Tim Winton's The Turning (best feature), Mystery Road's lead actor Aaron Pedersen and Tracks' cinematographer Mandy Walker - missed out. Films from India, China and South Korea each won two awards. Entries from Bangladesh, Iran, Russia and Singapore won an award each." (Omar named best film at Asia Pacific awards, Michael Bodey, The Australian, 13/12/13)

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