AACTA SHORTLISTS BIRDSHOT FOR TOP PRIZE

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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.

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