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MPA APSA Film Fund Recipient Wins Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film

  • 27Feb 2012

SINGAPORE/LOS ANGELES: Iranian writer/director Asghar Farhadi’s multi award-winning film, A Separation, completed with the support of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, achieved further acclaim today by winning Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

The film was the first completed film to benefit from the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund, a joint initiative by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) Asia Pacific, introduced in 2010.

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Following its completion, A Separation won the Golden Bear for Best Film at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival as well as garnering awards for Best Actor and Best Actress. The film then reaped a multitude of international prizes, including the Sydney Film Prize, Best Foreign Language Film by the National Board of Review, Best Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Golden Globes.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in A Separation on this outstanding achievement. This recognition by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is richly deserved,” said Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director of the MPA Asia Pacific. “When the members of our selection panel first assessed A Separation in 2010, they recognised a truly beautiful and unique study of the human condition. We are immensely honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to the completion of this film, and to see such an accomplished work of cinema attain such critical distinction and move audiences all over the world.”

APSA Chairman, Des Power, said, “This is tremendously exciting news for Asghar Farhadi, who is undoubtedly one of Iran’s finest filmmakers, and I am particularly pleased that the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund contributed to the development of this wonderful film. It’s our hope that many more films from the highly creative Asia Pacific region, will take out future honours. This is precisely what APSA and the MPA fund encourages.”

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