The 15thand The Asian Film Awards (AFA) nominations are led by Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s two films – cliff walkers and A second – taking a combined total of 11 nominations.
The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) today announced its 36 nominations across eight regions in Asia. AFAA was jointly established in 2013 by the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival for the development of Asian cinema.
Spy thriller from veteran director Zhang cliff walkers earned the most nominations of any film with six: Best Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, and Costume Design.
His A seconda cinephile story set in the Cultural Revolution that ran into censorship issues before 2019 in Berlin and wasn’t released until late last year, also picked up five nominations for best picture, director, actor, new came and original music.
In the Best Film category, A second will compete with Lee Joon-ik’s Korean historical drama The fish bookthe drama of Chaitanya Tamhane The Disciple from India, Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s Japanese period drama wife of a spy and the Japanese portmanteau film by Hamaguchi Ryusuke wheel of fortune and fantasy.
Among the best nominated films, The fish book also earned nominations in three other categories – Best Director, Costume Design, and Production Design. The Disciple earned another Best Screenplay nomination and wheel of fortune and fantasy was also nominated for Best Director.
Previously held in Hong Kong and Macau, the AFA ceremony moved to Busan last year and was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s ceremony, to be held on October 8, will combine online participation and on-site presence in Busan.
Lee Chang-dong, known for directing films such as Venice Oasis and awarded at Cannes Poetry and secret sun, will be the president of this year’s awards jury. The full list of nominees is available on the AFAA website.