Australian award-giving body shortlists ‘Birdshot’ for top Asian film prize


Posted at Oct 13 2017 02:59 AM

It's already the country's official entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2018 Academy Awards.

And now, Mikhail Red's "Birdshot" will also be competing for the inaugural Best Asian Film award of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), it was revealed Thursday night. 

The indie production, about the intertwining stories of a girl who unwittingly kills an endangered bird and an idealistic rookie cop who spirals into a heartless brutal executioner, is one of nine nominees. 

The others are: India's "Dangal," "Pink," and "Kaasav: Turtle"; China's "I Am Not Madame Bovary," "Our Time Will Come," and "Wolf Warrior 2"; Korea's "Train to Busan," and Japan's "Kimo no na wa." 

The winners, which will be determined by a jury led by Hollywood star Russell Crowe, will be announced during the AACTA ceremony in Sydney on December 6. 

"The calibre, range and diversity of Asian cinema is extraordinary and this new award sets up a very unique framework to recognize these films, connecting Asian-Australian filmgoers and the broader Australian audience with more Asian cinema and vice versa," Crowe said in a statement.