Friday, November 23, 2012

Asia Pacific Screen Awards - Dare To Dream

Photo by Jack Fan. The Ambassadors before the Awards Ceremony
I used to always wait in front the TV the day the Oscars are on ..

also i used to prepare my own list of winner for the occasion .. some would be right and many won't but that's fine since it was just for the fun of it :)

I always dreamed of attending one of those Awards Events and this dream came true ..

This year Brisbane hosted the Sixth Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards and as a Brisbane International Student Ambassador I was invited to attend this spectacular Event.

The Awards were held at Playhouse in Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) a great Venue to host such events.

I can't remember meeting a TV star before in my life but in this night i was surrounded by many Stars from many different countries in the Asia Pacific Region ..

on the day I remembered one of my previous posts captioned by "Where is my Red Carpet" because there was a red carpet at the entrance to QPAC .. 

as we usually do when we have a break .. the student ambassadors always take the chance to have more photos together :)

Photo by Jack Fan: with Ming, Xavier, Sumit, Myself and Kylie

at the start and before they air the event on TV we were given some housekeeping instructions of how the event will go and when to clap and how to clap also .. 

The Official Ceremony started with Ryuichi Sakamoto's Merry Christmas peace .. 

This is a photo of The Awards Given by the academy ..

The First Award Given was the Best Documentary Featured Film
The Winner was "IN MY MOTHER'S ARM" From Iraq 

Husham works tirelessly to build the hopes, dreams and prospects of 32 damaged orphans of war under his care at a small orphanage in Baghdad’s most dangerous district.

Husham begs for money to support the children while the bittersweet dramas of their childhood play out: seven-year-old Saif faces the taunts of other kids in constant playground battles; teenager Mohammed struggles to balance school life with his search for identity; Salah, 10 and too traumatised to speak, fears he may never be able to go to school. When the landlord gives Husham and the boys just two weeks to vacate, a desperate search ensues.
The Next Award was given for the Best Children's Feature Film.
The Winner was "LAUT BERCERMIN" (THE MIRROR NEVER LIES) From Indonesia.

Twelve-year-old Pakis lost her father when he went fishing at sea and didn’t return. A mirror her father gave her is the only hope for Pakis to meet him again.

Invoking a Bajo ritual using a mirror and water, she keeps on waiting to see her father’s reflection but it never appears. But the sea is getting more dangerous: big waves, storms and unpredictable tides. Pakis gets scared and worries more and more about her mother. Together with her best friend Lumo, Pakis keeps searching for answers, and one day meets Tudo, a dolphin researcher. But where have all the dolphins gone?

Best Animated Feature Film Award. 
The Winner in This Category was "MOMO E NO TEGAMI" (A LETTER TO MOMO) From Japan.

Momo is a young girl from the big city. Following her father’s sudden death, she has to move with her mother to the old family house on a remote island where time seems to have stopped: old wooden buildings, holy shrines, terraced fields… and no shopping mall. Needless to say, Momo is not too enthusiastic.
Worst of all, her heart is still feeling uneasy about an unfinished letter her father left behind: Dear Momo. What was her dad going to say? One day, exploring the attic of her new house, Momo finds an ancient book. And from that moment, strange things start happening.

Best Screenplay Award.
The Winner was "REIS ÇELIK" from Turkey for "LAL GECE" (NIGHT OF SILENCE)

Reis Çelik, born in Anatolia in 1961, studied music and theatre at the State Conservatoire.
He worked as a political correspondent and photojournalist, later moving into documentaries, commercial and political campaign films. He has held exhibitions of his photographic work in 12 countries. Çelik’s debut feature Işıklar Sönmesin (1996) won several awards on the international festival circuit. Lal Gece, recipient of the Generation 14plus Crystal Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, is his fifth feature.

FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association) Award.
The Winner was RYUICHI SAKAMOTO From Japan.

Born in 1952, Ryuichi Sakamoto was 26 years old when he became a distinguished name in Japanese music as a founding member of the influential Yellow Magic Orchestra (1978-1983). Pioneers in synth-pop, rave and ambient music, the band was lauded around the globe, recording 11 albums in 5 years (the second sold over 1 million copies). He began studies in musical composition at 11 years of age and later studied composition (classical and contemporary) and ethnomusicology at the university.
But to the eyes and ears of filmgoers, especially those outside Japan, Ryuichi Sakamoto seemed to arrive in one fully formed bundle. It came in the soft, languid fusion of orchestra and electronic keyboards in the central theme to his brilliant music for Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence – a soundtrack that seemed everywhere at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival. When the World War 2 drama directed by Nagisa Oshima screened in Competition, audiences were also enthralled to see the Japanese composer playing Captain Yonoi,commander of the prisoner-of-war camp. It was the first of many extraordinarily fruitful collaborations with English producer Jeremy Thomas.

In 1987, he teamed up with Thomas for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, once more as both composer and actor. He played the enigmatic figure of Masahiko Amakasu and contributed another outstanding musical score – earning him an Academy Award (with David Byrne and Cong Su), a Golden Globe, a Grammy and the New York, Los Angeles and British Film Critic Associations awards for best original soundtrack.

In 1990, Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky won Sakamoto his second Golden Globe. His film scores have included the Japanese version of The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), High Heels (1991), Wuthering Heights (1992), the television series Wild Palms (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Snake Eyes (1998), Gohatto (1995), Tony Takitani (2004), Women Without Men (2009) and Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011). The latter is his most recent work with Jeremy Thomas, a collaboration that has now endured over three decades. His composition “Bibo No Aozara” closed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel (2006).

Ryuichi Sakamoto contributed the music for the Barcelona Olympics (“El Mar Mediterrani”) and during a career of 46 solo albums, 25 soundtracks and 41 collaborations, he has worked with magical musical figures of his time – Youssou N’Dour, Robbie Robertson, Iggy Pop, Brian Wilson, David Byrne, David Sylvian, David Bowie, Thomas Dolby and writer William S Burroughs and video artist Nam June Paik. He mounted his own opera LIFE in 1999 with contributions from the Dalai Lama, Pina Bausch, Salman Rushdie, Josep Carreras, Salif Keita and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Sakamoto’s world has always been vast: “This global view to the different cultures is just part of my nature. I want to break down the walls between genres, categories, or cultures. Instead of building walls or borders, I always try to combine different things. To me, it’s challenging and exciting.”

A campaigner against carbon emissions, landmines and nuclear reactors, his website opens with a quotation from a speech he gave last year in Oxford. On Fukushima:

“Now that the worst accident in history has awoken us from our deluded slumber to ‘use nuclear energy peacefully’, the next step is to prove to the world that people and nukes cannot coexist, whether it be for weapons or electricity”.

Ryuichi Sakamoto is a man of peace, a man of music, a man of cinema and a deeply committed citizen of the world.

Best Performance by an Actress.
The Winner was "NORA AUNOR" From the Philippines for her part in "SINAPUPUNAN"(THY WOMB)

Nora Aunor is a Filipino screen legend. She’s also a hugely popular singer with unprecedented record sales, and a television host and actress.

She has to date appeared in over 170 films, including the multi-award winning films Bona (1980), Himala (1982), The Flor Contemplacion Story (1995) and Naglalayag (2009). In 1999, Aunor received the Centennial Honour for the Arts awarded by the Cultural Centre of the Philippines.
Best Performance by an Actor.
The Winner was "CHO MIN-SIK" From South Korea for his part in "BUMCHOIWAUI JUNJAENG

Choi Min-sik, star of many popular and critically acclaimed films, is considered one of Korea’s top screen actors. He also performs on the stage and has starred in a number of television productions.

Both within Korea and internationally he has been the recipient of many acting accolades, including Best Actor at the Korean Film Awards, and the Busan, Deauville and Asia Pacific Film Festivals, for Failan (2001) and Oldboy (2003) among others.

Achievement in Directing
The Winner was "BRILLANTE MA. MENDOZA" From the Philippines for his Film "SINAPUPUNAN" (THY WOMB).

Brillante Mendoza is regarded as a living treasure in the Philippines, having won Best Director at Cannes for Kinatay (2009)—the first and only Filipino to win the award.

His first film, Masahista (2005), won many international awards and his subsequent offerings have put the Philippines on the international film map. Serbis (2008) screened in competition at Cannes and Thy Womb was selected in Competition at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.

The UNESCO Award

Wei Te-Sheng’s epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale reclaims an extraordinary episode from 20th-century history which is little-known even in Taiwan.

Between 1895 and 1945, the island was a Japanese colony inhabited not only by the majority (Han Chinese immigrants) but also by the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the mountainous land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of the Seediq tribes settled on and around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. It was to begin at a sports day meeting where the assembled tribesmen were to attack and kill the Japanese officials and would then broaden to sieges on police stations and local government offices in the region. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise and was almost entirely successful. But the Japanese soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas.

Mouna Rudo knew from the start that the relatively small force of Seediq tribesmen stood no chance of defeating the might of Japan. But he and his allies were sustained by the beliefs and myths which had nourished their tribes since time immemorial. Young males in the tribes had to undergo a rite de passage to become adult men, which gave them the right to have their faces tattooed. In the tribal language, they becameSeediq Bale – heroes of the tribe. Their belief was that their ancestors would lead the spirits of the Seediq Bale across a rainbow bridge to the summit of the mountain when their time came. And so, whatever the result of their uprising against Japan, they would march in victory across the rainbow bridge… The heroism and fortitude of the Seediq warriors and their womenfolk shocked even the Japanese and won them enduring respect.

The 2012 International Jury give the UNESCO Award to the Director and Producers of Seediq Bale (Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale) for their outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through their film.

Jury Grand Prize

Anurag Singh Kashyap (born 10 September 1972) is an Indian film director and screenwriter. Kashyap made his directorial debut with as yet unreleased Paanch, with Kay Kay Menon as the lead. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday (2004), a controversial and award-winningHindi film about the 1993 Bombay bombings, followed by No Smoking (2007), Dev D (2009) Gulaal (2009) That Girl in Yellow Boots (2011) and Gangs of Wasseypur (2012). As a screenwriter, he wrote the scripts for the Filmfare Award-winning Satya (1998) and the Academy Award-nominated Canadian film Water (2005).

CHO MIN-SOO from South Korea for her part as "PIETA"
Jo Min-su (조민수) (born January 29, 1965 in Seoul) is a South Korean actress best known for her award-winning turn in the Kim Ki-duk film Pieța.

Best Feature Film Award. 

It’s a summer’s day and retired forester Faik is receiving visitors at the family’s rural property in Anatolia.
Faik’s son Nusret has come from the city to visit—with his two sons Caner and troubled Zafer, scarred by his army experience. Also present are Mehmet, Nusret’s brother, and his wife and children. Despite the summer setting, the mood remains oddly muted. Faik is having problems with a local band of nomads and is constantly on his guard. Within the extended family tensions start to rise to the surface, but when the case against the nomads intensifies, all differences are forgotten.

The Awards Ceremony was ended with another sensational performance from Ryuichi Sakamoto .. 

after that everyone moved from the Playhouse in QPAC to the After Party which was held just outside QPAC .. it was a great opportunity to mingle with the guests and Movie Stars and also to take some photos to record this great event ..

Photos from the After Party..

For More Information Please Visit:
Queensland Performing Arts Centre:
Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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