‘Nader and Simin, a Separation’ Wins Big at Asian Film Awards

Berlin Film Festival - Nader and Simin, A Separation - 2011
Courtesty of Berlinale 2011

The Academy Award-winning Iranian courtroom drama took best film, best director and best screenwriter, as well as best editor.

Asghar Farhadi’s Nader and Simin, a Separation was the big winner at the 6th Asian Film Awards on Monday evening.

The Academy Award-winning Iranian courtroom drama took best film, best director and best screenwriter for Farhadi, as well as best editor for Hayedeh Safiyari.

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The film, about a divorce and subsequent attempted murder case, has won prizes at festivals around the globe, in addition to its Oscar win last month. Reportedly shot with one camera in Tehran on a budget of less than a million dollars, Nader and Simin… has been hailed as a complex critique of contemporary Iranian society.

The best actor gong went to Donny Domara of Indonesia for Lovely Man, the story of a transvestite prostitute and the daughter he abandoned as a child.

Best actress was won by Deanie Ip for A Simple Life, which was Hong Kong’s entry for the best foreign language film for this year’s Oscars. Ip also took the best actress award for the film, known in Hong Kong as Sister Peach, at Venice last year. The film also won The People’s Choice Awards: My Favourite Actor prize for Andy Lau.

Lawrence Ko from Taiwan took best supporting actor for Jump! Ashin, a film by director Lin Yu-hsien, based on the life of his own gymnast brother. The director previously made a documentary, Jump! Boys, in 2004, about a team of young gymnasts that his brother coached.

Shamaine Buencamino of the Philippines won best supporting actress for Niño, which won the New Currents Award for up and coming directors for Loy Arcenas at Busan last year for the tale of a family disintegrating.

The Philippines also had a win in the People’s Choice Awards: My Favourite Actress for Eugene Domingo in The Woman in the Septic Tank.

The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a 3D Hong Kong-China co-production starring Jet Li and based on two 1990s films, won best visual effects for Wook Kim, Josh Cole and Frankie Chung, as well as best costume designer for Yee Chung-man and Lai Hsuan-wu.

The 2011’s Top Grossing Asian Film Award went to Let the Bullets Fly, which broke records with it $110 million run in China and Hong Kong.

Wu Xia, another Hong Kong-China coproduction, took the cinematography awards for Jake Pollock and Lai Yiu-Fai, and the best production designer for Yee Chung-man and Sun Li.

Best Newcomer went to Ni Ni for the Chinese movie The Flower of War.

“I’m excited to be here, it’s going to be a wonderful night,” Ni Ni told The Hollywood Reporter on her way in to the award ceremony.