Brisbane, Australia:

The incredibly powerful Russian film Beanpole (Dylda) is the only film to take home two awards at the 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) at the prestigious ceremony in Brisbane, Australia.

Ksenia Sereda is the first woman to win the APSA for Achievement in Cinematography, and Kantemir Balagov and Alexander Terekhov won the APSA for Best Screenplay.

The Achievement in Directing APSA has gone to Adilkhan Yerzhanov for his Kazakh noir feature A Dark, Dark Man. Yerzhanov, who earlier in the week was the focus of the Director’s Chair session at the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Forum, accepted the award on the night. It is his second award following the APSA NETPAC Development Prize win in 2013 (now the Young Cinema Award) for Constructors.

Bong Joon-ho’s international hit Parasite won Best Feature Film.

The region’s highest accolade in film, the uniquely Australian initiative ignites and celebrates the cinematic excellence of the 70 countries and areas of the region at a glittering red carpet ceremony in Brisbane in November.

Stories encompassing thirteen countries and areas were awarded at the 13th annual event, with the majority of the winners also being their country’s Official Submission for the Academy Awards® in the Best International Feature Film Category.

37 films from 22 countries and areas of Asia Pacific achieved nominations for the prestigious awards, drawn from the 289 films in APSA competition.

Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Adrian Schrinner said “Major events such as the Asia Pacific Screen Awards contribute $150 million into Brisbane’s economy and create thousands of local jobs. I would like to congratulate this year’s winner for Best Picture, Bong Joon-ho, and all the other talented filmmakers who were nominated. The calibre of entries this year has been outstanding, and I’m proud to see highly-acclaimed Australian film makers compete alongside our international guests.”

Beanpole is Russia’s Official Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards® International Feature Film Category.


Cathy Gallagher | ABCG Publicity
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Alicia Brescianini | ABCG Publicity
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