Danish World War II epic “Into The Darkness” received the top honour of Golden Peacock Award at the closing ceremony of the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which was pared down significantly resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Director Anders Refn’s “Into the Darkness” chronicles the advanced, emotional turmoil of the Danish individuals throughout the Nazi occupation of the nation. The award consists of a money prize of RS 40 lakh, to be shared equally between Refn and producer Lene Borglum. The duo, nonetheless, weren’t current.
Mandarin drama, “The Silent Forest”, bagged two top honours- greatest actor male and greatest director. Taiwanese actor Tzu-Chuan Liu, 17, was honoured with ‘Silver Peacock for Best Actor’ for his function of a listening to impaired in the film whereas Taiwanese filmmaker Chen-Nien Ko received the greatest director award for her “heart-wrenching exposition of the systemic sexual abuse” taking place in a college for kids with particular wants.
The Silver Peacock for greatest actor – feminine was awarded to Polish actor Zofia Stafiej, for her function in director Piotr Domalewski’s “I Never Cry” at the ceremony held at the .
The film explores the journey of a daughter who has to navigate the maze of forms abroad to deliver again the physique of her useless father.
Stafiej, who wasn’t current at occasion as properly, would obtain a certificates and money award of RS 10 lakh.
The IFFI 51 ‘Special Jury Award’ was bagged by Bulgarian director Kamin Kalev’s 2020 film “February”, whereas the greatest debut director award went to Brazilian filmmaker Cassio Pereira dos Santos, for his 2020 Portugese drama “Valentina”.
The film tells the story of a 17-year-old transgender Brazilian woman aspiring for a traditional life.
The ICFT UNESCO Gandhi Award—given to a film that displays Mahatma Gandhi’s beliefs of peace, tolerance and non-violence—was awarded to Ameen Nayfeh’s 2020 Arabic film “200 Meters”.
The award consists of a certificates and a medal. It is given as a part of IFFI’s collaboration with the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT) Paris.
The winners have been determined by the International Jury, comprising Argentine director Pablo Cesar as Chairman, Prasanna Vithanage (Sri Lanka), Abu Bakr Shawky (Austria), Indian filmmaker Priyadarshan and Rubaiyat Hossain from Bangladesh.
Cesar, who couldn’t be current at the occasion, mentioned in a video message, that the competition supplied the jury assorted themes of movies to select from.
“Especially those that make us reflect on individual freedoms, rights of children and all the people of this world, empowerment of women and memories of things that same people have done which we are sure we never want to happen again. Thank you IFFI for selection of films which are rich in content and aesthetic search,” he added.
Three Indian movies — Assam-set “Bridge” by Kripal Kalita, “A Dog And His Man” by Siddharth Tripathy and Ganesh Vinayakan’s “Thaen” — have been nominated in the International competitors line up, which consisted 15 options from throughout the globe.
Only “Bridge”, nonetheless, managed to take dwelling the ‘Special Mention’ honour. Veteran actor Zeenat Aman and actor-politician Ravi Kishan have been the visitors of honour at the ceremony held at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium.
Aman, 69, lauded the competition for managing to ask cinema expertise from throughout the world even in its slimmed down avatar. “As we journey towards the post pandemic world, a glimpse of it can be felt today with this excellent gathering of film lovers. I am certain all the films selected are backed with immense hope for a world with better understanding towards multiple issues, cultures, society or an individual unit,” she mentioned.
Union minister and singer Babul Supriyo and veteran actor Biswajit Chatterjee, who was conferred the ”Indian Personality of the Year” award at IFFI, have been additionally in attendence alongside with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Goa governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Sawant lauded the efforts of everybody for making IFFI successful at a time when many film festivals have been known as of resulting from COVID-19. “I have full faith that the next edition of the festival will be better than this. I thank our Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, our Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar ji. No film festivals were held because of the pandemic, but we took the lead and ran it successfully in a hybrid manner,” he mentioned.
A complete of 224 movies have been screened below completely different sections at the 51st version of the competition which was pushed by two months from its unique November present.
The hybrid-mode competition organised on-line streaming of masterclasses by filmmakers Shekhar Kapur, Chaitanya Tamhane and Subhash Ghai. Apart from the opening and shutting ceremony, which was stay telecast, few World Panorama movies have been additionally streamed on-line.
Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round” opened the competition, whereas Japanese historic drama “Wife of a Spy” by Kiyoshi Kurosawa was the closing film.
The nine-day competition was carried out collectively by the Directorate of Film Festivals (below Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) and Goa authorities.