From box office hits to festival hits, nine films are in the running for this year’s AACTA Best Asian Film award.
The award, now in its fifth year, is part of AACTA’s international engagement program and is designed to recognize the growing popularity and influence of Asian cinema in Australia and around the world.
The nine nominees are:
- Barbarian Invasion (Hong Kong/Malaysia/Philippines)
- Ball (China)
- The Disciple (India)
- drive my car (Japan)
- Hi Mom (China)
- One for the road (Thailand)
- A second (China/Hong Kong)
- Sardar Udham (India)
- Soorarai Pottru (India)
The favorite is undoubtedly that of Ryûsuke Hamaguchi drive my carwhich was nominated for four Oscars yesterday, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Directing and International Feature.
AACTA’s Best Asian Film award has already been presented at the main awards ceremony, although International Engagement Director Sam Buckland told IF he had sought to separate it from our ceremony. national awards show to keep the focus on local productions and give the best Asian film Award a more dedicated platform.
“We thought if we moved the award to February/March it would have its own space to breathe, and the nominees would get the personal attention they all deserve – and the winner would have their own moment to shine,” he said. -he declares.
Previous Best Asian Film winners include Bong Joon-ho ParasiteMuye Wen die to survive and that of Nitesh Tiwari Dangal.
“The caliber of this year’s Best Asian Film nominees shows why they are growing in popularity around the world,” said AFI | Damian Trewhella, CEO of AACTA.
“These films have had a huge impact on the awards season so far, and AACTA is proud to be able to honor them in this way – we also look forward to continuing to honor and celebrate the great work of our neighbors. of North Asia, which influences ours so much.
The winners will be announced on March 3.