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The Lunchbox wins two Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2013

By NewsDesk • Published on December 12, 2013

lunchboxRitesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, took home Asia Pacific Screen awards 2013 in two major categories: Best Screenplay and Jury Grand Prize. The seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards were announced in Brisbane on Thursday.

The Lunchbox shared the Jury Grand Prize with Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s Television (Bangladesh), the first Bangladeshi film to win an Asia Pacific Screen award.

Palestinian film Omar directed by Hany Abu-Assad has won the Best Feature Film Award. Anthony Chen won Achievement in Directing for his debut feature film Ilo, Ilo.

International Jury President Shyam Benegal said he was very impressed with the quality of nominee films.

“More than half of the world’s films originate from the Asia Pacific region, which makes the APSA award in Brisbane among the more important competitive film awards in the world,” he said.

 Full List of Awards:

 Best Feature Film

“Omar” dir: Hany Anu-Asad (Palestine)

Grand Jury Prize(s)

“The Lunchbox” dir: Ritesh Batra (India)

“Television” dir: Mostofa Farooki (Bangladesh)

Best Screenplay

“The Lunchbox” dir: Ritesh Batra (India)

Best Performance by an Actress

Zhang Ziyi in “The Grandmaster” (HK-China)

Best Performance by an Actor

Lee Byung-hun in “Masquerade” (South Korea)

Achievement in Directing

Anthony Chen for “Ilo Ilo”

Achievement in Directing – Special Mention(s)

Emir Baigazin for “Harmony Lessons” (Kazakhstan, Germany France)

Hiner Saleem (Iraqi Kurdistan, France, Germany)

Best Cinematography

Lu Yue for “Back To 1942” (China)

UNESCO Award for Cultural Diversity

“The Painting Pool” dir: Maziar Miri (Iran)

Best Children’s Feature

“Juvenile Offender” dir: Kang Yi-kwan (South Korea)

Best Animated Feature

“Koo! Kin-Dza-Dza” dir: Georgiy Daneliya (Russia)

Best Documentary

“The Act of Killing” Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark, Norway, U.K.)

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