TEHRAN – Masud Amini Tirani won Best Director of Photography for Iranian drama âThe Wastelandâ at the 15th Asian Film Awards.
Ahmad Bahrami was also nominated for Best New Director award for the film, which portrays growing tensions between ethnically diverse workers at a crumbling and archaic brick factory, seemingly remote from civilization. The story centers on Lotfollah, 40, who has lived his entire life in the building industry and acts as a mediator between workers and their boss.
The Asian Film Awards were held on Friday in conjunction with the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.
âWife of a Spyâ by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa was voted best film.
The romantic drama follows a Japanese merchant who leaves his wife behind to travel to Manchuria, where he witnesses an act of barbarism. His subsequent actions cause misunderstandings, jealousy and legal problems for his wife.
This film also won Yu Aoi the award for best actress and Haruki Koketsu the award for best costume designer.
Zhang Yimou won the award for best director with the Chinese drama âOne Secondâ.
Yoo Ah-in was selected as Best Actor for Korean thriller “Voice of Silence” directed by Hong Eui-jeong.
Japan’s Aju Makita won Best Supporting Actress for her compelling performance in “True Mothers”, while Kim Hyun-bin of South Korea was named Best Supporting Actor for her role in “The Silent Forest” .
Chinese actress Haocun Liu received the award for Best Newcomer for her role in “One Second”.
Indian drama âThe Discipleâ, written and directed by Chaitanya Tamhane, won the award for best screenplay.
In this film, self-doubt, sacrifice and struggle converge into an existential crisis for a devoted classical singer as the mastery he seeks remains elusive.
The winners of several other categories were also honored at the Paradise Hotel Busan during the Asian Film Awards, organized by the international film festivals in Tokyo, Busan and Hong Kong.
Photo: Masud Amini Tirani was voted best director of photography for Iranian drama “The Wasteland” at the 15th Asian Film Awards in Busan, South Korea.
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