APSA has announced nominations for this year’s awards and we are incredibly excited to announce that four Madman films have received five nominations! What an honour!
In the Best Animated Feature Film Category, the moving fantasy Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms and the heartwarmingly tender Mirai have been nominated.
Maquia is the stunning directorial debut from acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada. A woman who is blessed with immortality is forced to flee her home and finds an orphaned baby. Choosing to raise him, as the boy grows older the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief.
From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) comes Mirai, which tells the story of a young boy who encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras.
Both Mirai and Maquia have just finished up impressive theatrical runs across Australia and New Zealand, with Maquia also having its Australian Premiere at MadFest Brisbane earlier this year.
The full list of nominees for the Best Animated Feature Film Category are:
- Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (Japan)
- Mirai (Japan)
- Hoffmaniada (Russian Federation)
- Rezo (Russia Federation)
- On Happiness Road (Taiwan)
The telling documentary of the indigenous artist, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul has received a nomination in the Best Documentary Feature Film category.
Gurrumul is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him faced in balancing that which mattered most to him and keeping the show on the road.
The full list of nominees for the Best Documentary Feature Film Category are:
- Amal (Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark)
- Gurrumul (Australia)
- Of Fathers and Sons (Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, Qatar, Germany)
- Of Love & Law (Japan, United Kingdom, France)
- Up Down & Sideways (India)
Meanwhile, the film Capharnaüm has received two nominations; Achievement in Directing and Best Performance by an Actor.
The political drama, which tells the story of a boy who sues his parents for bringing him into the world, received a 15-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival this year as well as a sellout run at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
The full list of nominees for Achievement in Directing are:
- Kore-da Hirokazu (Shoplifters)
- Ivan Ayr (Soni)
- Nadine Labaki (Capharnaüm)
- Bruce Beresford (Ladies in Black)
- Emir Baigazin (The River)
The Full list of nominees for Best Performance by an Actor are:
- Karim Mirkhadiyev (Fortitude)
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Manto)
- Zain Al Rafeea (Capharnaüm)
- Bahman Farmanara (Tale of the Sea)
- Akylbek Abdykalykov (Night Accident)
The 12th APSA ceremony will take place on Thursday 29 November.
For a list of all nominees, click here.
Congratulations to all the nominees! Which films do you think will take home the prestigious prizes?