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★★★★☆ Filipino national treasure Brillante Mendoza has arguably directed one of the most poignant and intimate films screening at this year's 57th London Film Festival. Thy Womb (2012) follows the story of a midwife, Shaleha (Nora Aunor), who cannot have children. The film follows her and her husband Bangas An (Bembol Rocco) on their search for a second wife to provide them with the family they crave. Set in the seaweed-producing island province of Tawi-Tawi, Thy Womb juxtaposes the great poverty of its inhabitants, many of whom live in shacks perching perilously on stilts above the sea, with the breathtakingly beautiful seascape.
The poverty of the island dwellers is also countered by their immense capacity for generosity. Lavish wedding celebrations are organised, money is readily given or lent and hospitality is part of the culture. This is not to say that Mendoza paints an idyllic picture of these people. Pirates steal boats and belongings, »
- CineVue UK
Another week, another 10+ submissions for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. We're up to 15 official titles now (which means there are about 50 to go). We previously covered Germany's finalist list but they didn't go with the youthful hit comedy Oh Boy after all but with the drama Two Lives, which we highlighted as a strong possibility given its war themes and the presence of Liv Ullman in the cast list.
But the German news is just scratching the surface of what's going on in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race.
Finalists And Speculation
"Thy Womb"'s Nora Aunor won several Best Actress prizes at festivals
They've recently announced a list of 8 finalists although, to make things confusing, they are still willing to look at more films that aren't on the list in case of late arrivals to the cinema. But chances are the film will come from this list: Supremo, »
- NATHANIEL R
Mystery by Lou Ye was adjudged the best film at the Asian Film Awards at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The film also got the best newcomer award for Qi Xi, and best screenwriting award for its writers Mei Feng, Yu Fan, and Lou Ye. Kitano Takeshi from Japan won the best director honor for Outrage Beyond. Nora Aunor got the best actress award for Thy Womb and 87-year-old Eddie Garcia was adjudged the best actor for Bwakaw. Read More »
The controversial Chinese film Mystery has taken top prize at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong. The thriller, which ran into trouble with the censors in its home country for both its violent content and its criticism of capitalism, also saw the Best Newcomer award go to its star Qi Xi. Meanwhile, both lead acting awards were won by Filipinos - Eddie Garcia for Bwakaw and Nora Aunor for Thy Womb.
This was the seventh annual ceremony with films selected from different areas of Asia, and it was the first not to be dominated by South Korea, which didn't win a single prize. Best Director went to Japan's Takeshi Kitano for yakuza drama Outrage Beyond and Japan also won in the Best Supporting actress categoty, with Makiko Watanabe commended for her work in Capturing Dad. Nawazuddin Siddiqui took the Best Supporting Actor gong home to India for Talaash: The Answer. »
- Jennie Kermode
Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Best Supporting Actor for Talaash at the 7th Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong on Monday. The other nominees for this award were: Ha Jung-woo for Nameless Gangster: Rule of the Time (South Korea), Kase Ryo for Like Someone in Love (Japan/France/Iran), Chapman To for Diva (Mainland China/Hong Kong) and Rhydian Vaughan for Gf*Bf (Taiwan).
Pritam Chakraborty won the Best Composer for Barfi!.
Chinese psychological drama Mystery took home the awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay. The Best Director award went to Japan’s Takeshi Kitano for Outrage Beyond.
The announcement of the Asian Movie Awards has just been released with some big films and actors going against against each other to win the big awards. Some of these include Drug War (Louis Koo), Outrage Beyond, actors such as Choi Min-sik and Tony Leung Ka-fai, to Directors such as Takeshi Kitano and Lou Ye.
I do have a few favorites in this list and i feel best movie could go to Drug War and best actor should fall to Choi Min-sik (just brilliant in every movie).
Here is the list of nominations below, feel free to write your favorites in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
“Drug War” (Mainland China)
“Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2″ (India)
“Mystery” (Mainland China)
“Outrage Beyond” (Japan)
“Pieta” (South Korea)
Kim Ki-duk, »
Four Indian films have been nominated for the 7th Asian Film Awards with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur leading the pack with four nominations: Best Film, Anurag Kashyap for Best Director, Wasiq Khan for Best Production Designer and Rajeev Ravi for Best Cinematographer.
In other nominations, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will compete for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Talaash, Anand Gandhi contends for Best Screenwriter for his debut film Ship of Theseus and Pritam Chakraborty vies for Best Composer Award for his melodies in Barfi!.
Andy Lau, a noted actor of Hong Kong will head the judging panel. A total of 30 films from nine countries will compete under 14 categories at the award function to be held on 18th March, 3013. The annual event is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.
Full List of Nominations:
Drug War (Mainland China)
Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2 (India)
Mystery (Mainland »
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