MUMBAI: A Chinese film Tangshan dadizheng (Aftershock) about a family‘s struggle to deal with a devastating earthquake came out tops among 31 films that participated from 15 countries at the fourth annual 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
The highest-grossing domestic film of all time in China, Tangshan dadizheng received six nominations including one for the best feature film.
The second most nominated film with four nominations was Shi (Poetry) by South Korean director Lee Chang-dong that his brother, Lee Joon-dong produced. The film, which took the best screenplay award at Cannes this year, deals with the story of a grandmother searching for meaning as she confronts the aftermath of a child‘s death.
Rounding out the five films nominated for best feature were, Mengjia (Monga), a gangster movie from Taiwan, a Turkish film Bal (Honey), the third film in director Semih Kaplanoglu‘s Yusuf trilogy and Paju from South Korea.
"As the Asia Pacific Screen Awards grow in stature and recognition across our vast region, we are delighted to have in the competition some of the most high profile films and filmmakers of contemporary cinema," said APSA Chairman Des Power in a statement.