Islamic Republic of Iran

Asghar Farhadi

Recipient

Asghar Farhadi received a development grant for his project Nader and Simin: A Separation. Asghar Farhadi’s film About Elly (Darbareye Elly) won the 2009 APSA for Best Screenplay and the Jury Grand Prize.

“Asghar Farhadi’s film is a beautiful human study of a very normal everyday life, with people in a region who are being challenged all the time by issues social, geographical and financial. While I am not familiar with Iranian culture, as an outsider I find it fascinating and very touching…. his work is beautiful.” – Pauline Chan, Selection Panellist

Nader and Simin premiered at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Golden Bear for Best Film along with the Silver Bears for Best Actor and Actress awarded to the ensemble cast.

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Republic of Korea

Lee Chang-dong

Recipient

Lee Chang-dong received a grant for his project Memories of Blue Hill Club (Memories of Chung-gu Hoe).

Lee Chang-dong is the former Minister for Culture and Tourism of South Korea. He is a three time APSA Winner whose 2007 film Secret Sunshine (Miryang) was named Best Feature Film at the inaugural APSAs and also took out the Best Performance by an Actress award that year. At the 2010 APSA Ceremony, Poetry (Shi) won the Achievement in Directing (Lee Chang-dong) and Best Performance by an Actress (Yun Jung-hee) awards.

“This is a superbly written treatment, and I think it will develop into a superbly written feature film. It has a very strong foundation in reality; in this case, historical literature provided inspiration for what I believe will be a very moving powerful film.” – Andrew Pike, Selection Panellist

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People's Republic of China

Peng Tao

Recipient

Peng Tao from the People’s Republic of China received a development grant for his project Straw Man (Dao Cao Ren). Peng Tao’s previous film Little Moth (Xue Chan) was nominated for an APSA in 2007 for Best Achievement in Directing.

“I really love that Peng Tao’s work is able to depart from the traditional structure of Chinese filmmaking, which we, in the west are quite familiar with. To me he represents a new wave and a new voice in a really refined, restrained culture. He is able to find a traditional angle, a Chinese tradition, but he is able to bring the tradition into a new light so that it surprises you.” – Pauline Chan, Selection Panellist

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Kazakhstan

Sergey Dvortsevoy

Recipient

Sergey received development funding for his project Ayka (Aйка). Sergey was a member of APSA’s 2010 International Jury and writer/director of 2008 APSA Best Feature Film winner, Tulpan, which also won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year.

“What I really like about Sergey is that he observes his subjects, but he is observing them with very caring emotions that are not over dramatized. That was one of the things I really loved about Tulpan and I can see that in again in Ayka. He treats his subject matter and his characters with such sincerity and he also brings his documentary background into the making of his feature films.” – Hanna Lee, Selection Panellist

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