Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian Oscar-winner has won best film at the 6th Asian Film Awards.
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20 Mar 2012 - 11:05 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2012 - 11:05 AM

Nader and Simin, A Separation – better known simply as A Separation after earning an extraordinary number of critical accolades around the world – last night won the three key behind-the-camera categories at the 6th Asian Film Awards (AFA).

The Iranian drama about the slow disintegration of a marriage earned Asghar Farhadi best film, best director and best screenwriter, and Hayedeh Safiyari won the category for editing.

A Separation
premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival last year, where it won a Golden Bear for best film and two Silver Bears for the cast, and received another 30 or so awards before earning an Oscar for best foreign language film last month.

[ Read review of A Separation ]
[ Watch interview with Asghar Farhadi ]

The AFA for best actress was presented to veteran Deanie Ip for her role as a maid in the Hong Kong film A Simple Life, and Donny Damara was judged the winner in the best actor category for his performance as a prostitute and a transvestite in the Indonesian drama Lovely Man.

A Simple Life was also the vehicle that saw Andy Lau win the people's choice award; audiences also backed Eugene Domingo, the leading lady in the mockumentary The Woman in the Septic Tank, from The Philippines.

Two films from Hong Kong/China, Peter Ho-Sun's martial arts film Wu Xia and Tsui Hark's The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, won most of the craft awards between them. Hark's film had the highest number of nominations followed by Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, which earned Ni Ni the award for best acting newcomer, and Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.

[ Read review of Wu Xia ]
[ Read review of Flying Swords of Dragon Gate ]

It was announced 10 days ago that the action comedy Let the Bullets Fly would be presented with the award for top grossing Asian film. The tale of bandits and conmen, train robberies and shootouts, set in China during the 1920s, is now the highest grossing Chinese language film of all time. It was written and directed by Wen Jiang who also stars in the film.

[ Read review of Let the Bullets Fly ]
[ Watch an interview with Albert Lee, producer of Let the Bullets Fly ]

Two other awards were also announced previously: Indonesian director Edwin won the Edward Yang new talent award, becoming only the third filmmaker to do so; and Hong Kong director Ann Hui received the AFA lifetime achievement award, the first woman ever to receive this honour. Edwin's latest film is Postcards from the Zoo, while Lui's is A Simple Life, which enticed Ip back to the screen after a long absence.

Filmmaker Eric Khoo, from Singapore, was the president of the jury; it was the first time somebody from outside Hong Kong had held this position.

Filmart, Hong Kong's international film and television market, is currently runs until March 22.

The full list of awards:

Best Film
A Separation (Iran)

Best Director
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation (Iran)

Best Actor
Donny Damara, Lovely Man (Indonesia)

Best Actress
Deanie Ip, A Simple Life (Hong Kong)

Best Newcomer
Ni Ni – The Flowers of War (Mainland China)

Best Supporting Actor
Lawrence Ko – Jump! Ashin (Taiwan)

Best Supporting Actress

Shamaine Buencamino, Niño (The Philippines)

Best Screenwriter

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation (Iran)

Best Cinematographer
Jake Pollock and Yiu-Fai Lai, Wu Xia (Hong Kong / China)

Best Production Designer
Chung-man Yee, Li Sun – Wu Xia (Hong Kong / China)

Best Composer
Kwong-wing Chan, Peter Kam, Chatchai Pongprapaphan – Wu Xia (Hong Kong / China)

Best Editor
Hayedeh Safiyari – A Separation (Iran)

Best Visual Effects
Wook Kim, Josh Cole, Frankie Chung – The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong / China)

Best Costume Designer
Chung-man Yee – The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (Hong Kong / China)