The film, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice festival earlier this year, is the second feature by cinematographer-turned-director Warwick Thornton. His first film, “Samson and Delilah,” won the Apsa best picture award in 2009, making Thornton the only two-time Apsa winner.
The Apsa awards were in their 11th iteration. They were presented Thursday evening at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia.
The other big winner during the evening was India’s “Newton.” It earned a best acting prize for Rajkummar Rao, while Mayank Tewari and Amit V. Masurkar claimed the award for best screenplay.
Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev was named best director for “Loveless,” which had its premiere in Cannes. Zvyagintsev previously won the best film award with “Leviathan” in 2014.
The international awards were decided by a jury headed by film editor Jill Bilcock. She praised