Israeli actor among Australian film awards’ jurors

October 9, 2012 Agencies
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One of Israel’s most acclaimed actors, Sasson Gabbay (The Band’s Visit, Restoration), has been named as one of the international jurors of the sixth annual Asia-Pacific Screen Awards.

Sasson Gabay

Gabbay, who was born in Baghdad, joins Indian director Leena Yadav, Georgian writer George Ovashvili, Australian producer Jan Chapman, China’s Hou Keming, and Turkey’s Zeynep Atakan.
The sixth annual screen awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, will be held in Brisbane on November 23.
APSA Artistic Director Maxine Williamson said: “We are thrilled to have such an eminent group of filmmakers from the region who, guided by Jury President Jan Chapman, could not be a more accomplished group for this challenging task. We are especially pleased to have Jury members who further symbolise and strengthen the APSA Academy coalition with EFA and AACTA|AFI, an extensive and illustrious alumni of filmmaking talent from across the globe.”
Gabbay’s leading role in The Band’s Visit (2006) brought him national and international acclaim, including a nomination in the 2007 APSAs for Best Performance by an Actor. He was awarded the 2007 Best Actor prize by the European Film Academy and the Israeli Film and Television Academy, and the 1991 Israeli-American Culture Fund Award. His other film credits include Made in Israel (2000) by director Ari Folman(Waltz With Bashir), Israeli hit Aviva, My Love (2006), Hello, Goodbye (2008) starring Gerard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant and the recent satirical comedy When Pigs Have Wings (2011).

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