Dmitri Davydov’s Bonfire has been shortlisted by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for the UNESCO-sponsored APSA Cultural Diversity Award. Awards will be held on Thursday 24 November 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.
It should be noted that Bonfire (Russia, Yakutia) has a rather intense festival background. It was included into the Flash Forward program of 21st Busan International Film Festival (6-15 October 2016), where it competed with 35 films. Bonfire is also the winner for Best Dramatic Feature of 17th imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (19-23 October 2016).
Spectators expressed their impressions with Bonfire’s high level despite of non-professional performers and rather small budget. According to a producer Sardana Savvina, they highlighted an art of acting of Alexey Ustinov: “Bonfire is unique as no professional actor performed in this film. Alexey Ustinov impressed everyone. His face is so memorable, and how he succeed!”.
She said that spectators also marked a quality of the film: “They commended light, sound, camera. A lot of them commended music. That’s true, we had a spectacular shooting team – a cameraman Ivan Semenov, music Moisey Kobyakov, editor Petr Struchkov, sound Innokenti Sivtsev. That’s why the film became so solid”.
Producer informed that Yakutian drama has been nominated in the prestigious APSA Cultural Diversity Award, under the patronage of UNESCO.
“Asia Pacific Screen Awards is called Asian Oscar. Bonfire was selected among 300 feature films and was nominated in APSA Cultural Diversity Award. I guess it will be very competitive as three films from 5 were screen in Busan, and one of them, Knife in the Clear Water, got a main prize. But it’s so prestigous!”, – she highlighted.