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2015 APSA awards Iranian actress Motamed-Aria

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Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria

The 2015 edition of Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has awarded Iranian actress Fatemeh Motamed-Aria during a ceremony held in Brisbane, Australia.

Motamed-Aria received the event’s Special Mention for the Best Performance by an Actress for her appearance in ‘Avalanche,’ directed by Iranian filmmaker Morteza Farshbaf.

The 85-minute film recounts the story of a highly appreciated and respected senior nurse, who is offered a 10-day nightshift for a single patient, an old lady.

Born in 1961, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria is one of the most significant Iranian actresses, who has won numerous national and international awards, including the Best Actress Prize of the 2011 Montréal Film Festival in Canada and the Prix de Henri-Langlois award of the 2012 Vincennes International Festival in France.

‘Once Forever’ (1993), ‘Blue-Veiled’ (1995), ‘Gilaneh’ (2004) and ‘Here Without Me’ (2011) are among the films she has performed in so far.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) is an international cultural initiative to honor and promote the films, actors, directors, and cultures of the Asia-Pacific region.

Founded in 2007, APSA collaborates with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations. 

The 9th Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony was held in Brisbane City Hall on November 26.

The 2015 APSA International Jury was presided by South Korean filmmaker Kim Dong-Ho. He was joined by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (Bangladesh), Zhang Xianmin (China), U-Wei Bin HajiSaari (Malaysia), Alexei Popogrebsky (Russia) and Negar Javaherian (Iran).

They presented this year’s Best Feature Film award to ‘Cemetery of Splendor’ by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

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