APSA nominates Band Baaja Baarat in ‘Best Feature Film’ category

MUMBAI: The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) organizers have nominated YRF’s Band Baaja Baaraat for this year’s awards. The film is among the 37 films from 19 countries that have been nominated.

This was disclosed by APSA 2011 International Jury President, Hong Kong film producer Nansun Shi at the Busan International Film Festival.

The films that have been nominated in the ‘Best Feature Film’ category are Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (A Separation, Islamic Republic of Iran), Rang zidan fei (Let the Bullets Fly, People’s Republic of China – Mainland China / Hong Kong), Bé Omid É Didar (Goodbye, Islamic Republic of Iran), Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina) besides Band Baaja Baaraat (Wedding Planners, India).

A Separation by Asghar Farhadi and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia written and directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan has each received four APSA nominations. Both films are the Academy Award submissions for their respective countries in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for next year.

Goodbye by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof has received three APSA nominations. Rasoulof received the award for ‘Best Director’ in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Let the Bullets Fly, written and directed by Jiang Wen, has received two APSA nominations. It is said to be the highest grossing domestic film in history at the Chinese box office.

A total of 240 films entered in this year’s competition. The winners will be announced at the ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on 24 November.

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