Israelis among nominees for annual Asia-Pacific film awards
An acclaimed Israeli actor and an Israeli film are among the nominees for the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Sasson Gabbai received a nomination for Best Performance by an actor for his role in 'Boker Tov, Adon Fidelman' ('Restoration').
This is his second nomination, following his role in Bikur Hatizmoret ('The Band's Visit') at the inaugural Asia Pacific Screen Awards in 2007 where the film won the UNESCO Award.
'Restoration' won the top prize at the International Film Festival in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary earlier this year and was critically acclaimed at the Sundance Film Festival.
Also nominated was 'Mabul' ('Flood'), for Best Children's Feature Film. An Israeli co-production with France, Germany and Canada, the film was produced by Chilik Michael, Ina Fichman, Avraham Pirchi, Tami Leon, David Silber, Moshe Edery and Leon Edery.
'Mabul' and Gabbai were selected from 240 films, of which 37 films from 19 countries received nominations.
Meanwhile, Israeli director and writer Samuel Maoz has joined the APSA 2011 International Jury. A member of both the Asia Pacific Screen Academy and the European Film Academy, his participation on the jury is the first since the two academies announced an alliance. Maoz's critically acclaimed film 'Lebanon' was awarded the Grand Jury Prize and Best Screenplay at the 2010 awards.
The winners will be announced at the ceremony on the Gold Coast, Queensland, on November 24.