The prestigious Cultural Diversity Award under the patronage of UNESCO was awarded to Mahmoudis’ film, IRNA reported.
Starring Iranian actors Mohsen Tanabandeh and Mojtaba Pirzadeh, the film is about Azim, an Afghan refugee who works as a janitor in Tehran. While helping his mother and his brother’s family plan to traffic themselves into Germany, he feels betrayed by his brother when he abandons their mother.
The film had previously grabbed the Kim Jiseok Award at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival, and won the best film award at the 2019 Sama Film Festival in Sweden.
According to asiapacificscreenawards.com, Bong Joon-ho’s international hit ‘Parasite’ claimed Best Feature Film. The award was accepted on the night by producer Jang Young-hwan and marks the first win for Korea in the Best Feature Film category since ‘Secret Sunshine’ took out the inaugural prize in 2007.
The powerful story ‘Beanpole’ (Dylda, Russian Federation) is the only film to take home two awards. Ksenia Sereda is the first woman to win Achievement in Cinematography, and Kantemir Balagov and Alexander Terekhov won Best Screenplay.
Achievement in Directing went to Adilkhan Yerzhanov for his Kazakh noir feature ‘A Dark, Dark Man’. It is his second award following the APSA NETPAC Development Prize win in 2013 (now the Young Cinema Award) for ‘Constructors’.
The 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards was held on November 21 in Brisbane, Australia.